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New captain for England again as Terry released

sports Updated: Mar 27, 2011 19:01 IST
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Fabio Capello

England coach Fabio Capello will have to choose another captain for Tuesday's friendly with Ghana as he released John Terry for the match because he has Champions League commitments the week after.

Terry's Chelsea team-mates Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard - a scorer in the 2-0 win over Wales in their Euro 2012 qualifier on Saturday - Spurs central defender Michael Dawson and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney were also allowed to leave.

All five players played in the Wales game, but Capello has retained Dawson's Spurs team-mates Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon as they didn't make an appearance.

Capello, who attracted severe criticism in the manner he handled the reappointment of Terry in place of Rio Ferdinand as skipper, is likely to field a completely different line-up to the one that eased to victory in Cardiff.

He has also lost Kyle Walker, who returned to Aston Villa after being ruled out of the game with a groin injury.

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry, who did not feature against Wales, is seen as the most likely player to don the captain's armband as he has already skippered them in a friendly against Denmark in February.