London: John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy for the second time in his career by the FA. Terry met with FA Chairman David Bernstein on Friday morning and was informed that he will not be the national side's captain moving forward.
The Chelsea man is due to stand trial in July over allegations of racial abuse directed towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in late October 2011, with Terry entering a not guilty plea at a hearing at West London Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.
Terry's trial date has been set to July 9, and with the final of Euro 2012 taking place in Poland & Ukraine on July 1, many pundits had spoken out against his captaincy during the tournament, suggesting it could have a negative impact on the England dressing room.
It has been proposed that Terry will also make a decision over his availability for the national side following this latest scandal and removal from the role. The FA have declined to comment on the decision.
Terry previously lost the armband amid an alleged affair with the ex-girlfriend of former Chelsea and England team-mate Wayne Bridge.
If Terry recovers from a knee injury before Sunday he may face Anton's brother Rio Ferdinand, the man he replaced as England skipper, in Chelsea's clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.