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Stuart Dalgleish 5th Feb 2010 - 16:40

Terry dropped as captain

John Terry has been sensationally sacked as England captain following news of his alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's former girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel.

Rio Ferdinand will now lead the team out for England's friendly against Egypt at Wembley on March 3.

The Manchester United ace is now also firm favourite to be The Three Lions' skipper in their World Cup opener against USA.

WILLIAM HILL make Rio Ferdinand their 1/5 favourite to START England's first World Cup game against the USA as captain following John Terry's demotion. And Hills make Steven Gerrard 6/1 second favourite to take the armband with Wayne Rooney at 8/1. John Terry is 11/2 with Hills to take the armband at some stage during the World Cup.

Who will captain England against the USA?

Rio Ferdinand 1/5

Steven Gerrard 6/1

Wayne Rooney 8/1

Frank Lampard 12/1

David Beckham 25/1

John Terry 25/1

Gareth Barry 33/1

David James 50/1

Ashley Cole 50/1

Others On Request


John Terry to start against USA 1/20 Yes 8/1 No

Wayne Bridge to make the World Cup squad 5/6 Yes 5/6 No

Terry to captain England at any point in World Cup 1/10 No 11/2 Yes

'There was a big gamble on Wayne Rooney to start the USA game as skipper, which seems to have been misplaced. However, with several months still to go before the game there is plenty of time for things to change and injuries to affect who will actually begin the game as captain.' said Hills spokesman Graham Sharpe.


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