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Grant expects Terry to keep England captaincy

sports Updated: Dec 15, 2007 13:48 IST

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Chelsea manager Avram Grant expects John Terry to stay on as England captain when Fabio Capello takes over as coach of the national team.

Capello, who has regularly snubbed high profile players he has perceived to be underperforming, is set to be appointed England manager within days and is expected to review all aspects of the team that failed to qualify for next year's European Championship. Grant is sure Capello will endorse his predecessor Steve McClaren's decision to make Terry captain.

"I work with him every day and I haven't seen a captain like him," Grant said Friday. "When we have a player who has a problem, John has proved a good captain. I don't think that Fabio Capello is stupid. I don't think John will be dropped as captain."

Terry missed the defeats to Russia and Croatia that cost England its place at Euro 2008, but several commentators have suggested that Chelsea's highest paid player is not producing his best form.

"I'm sure John Terry is the best captain England can have," Grant said. "You can see that from what happened to England when he didn't play against Croatia and Russia."

And Grant was dismissive of concerns that Capello, who has won a league title with every club he has coached, was a poor choice for the job because he is Italian rather than English. "The English team need a good coach and I don't think they need to be English or foreign," Grant said. "Sven-Goran Eriksson changed the way England played and they did very well under him. I don't think nationality is a problem."