John Terry was sacked as England captain on Friday as head coach Fabio Capello reacted ruthlessly to the Chelsea defender's alleged extra-marital affair with the ex-girlfriend of international team-mate Wayne Bridge.
After a brief meeting with Terry at Football Association (FA) headquarters at Wembley, Capello said he had decided to take the captaincy away from the centreback in the overall interests of the squad he will take to the World Cup in South Africa in June and July.
"After much thought, I have made the decision that it will be best for me to take the captaincy away from John Terry," Capello said in a statement.
"As a captain with the team, John Terry has displayed extremely positive behaviour. However, I have to take into account other considerations and what is best for all of the England squad.
"What is best for all of the England team has inspired my choice. John Terry was notified first." Capello appeared to indicate that Rio Ferdinand, who is currently vice-captain of the national team, would take over as captain.
"When I chose John Terry as captain, I also selected a vice-captain and also named a third choice (Steven Gerrard)," he said. "There is no reason to change this decision."
Capello, it appeared, had made up his mind before a meeting that reportedly lasted only 12 minutes.
In a statement, Terry said: "I fully respect Fabio Capello's decision. I will continue to give everything for England."