20 Aug 2008

Terry named England captain

7:04 am on 20 August 2008

John Terry has retained the England football captaincy with manager Fabio Capello preferring to keep faith with the Chelsea defender over Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand.

Terry, 27, had been the skipper during the Steve McClaren era after David Beckham quit following the 2006 World Cup, but his position had been in doubt when Capello took charge.

The Chelsea skipper, who has won 44 England caps, begins his second stint as captain in tonight's friendly against the Czech Republic at Wembley.

The World Cup qualifiers begin in September with ties against Andorra and Croatia.