Terry Out as England Captain

John Terry‘s alleged extra-marital affair with lingerie model Vanessa Perroncel has cost him the captaincy of the English national football team. The decision came after a meeting between Terry and team manager Fabio Capello, reports said.

Terry’s sacking comes just several months before England competes in the World Cup in South Africa. The Chelsea star said in a statement that he respected Capello’s decision. Manchester United‘s  Rio Ferdinand was designated as England’s new captain and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard as vice-captain. Capello had been under pressure from various groups to replace Terry as the national team captain following allegations that the centre back and Perroncel had an affair. The French model is an ex-girlfriend of national team mainstay Wayne Bridge.

Meanwhile, Perroncel said Friday that she would not be selling her story to the media. Her publicist had earlier said that media companies were offering more than $ 300,000 for her story. She has repeatedly denied having an affair with Terry, saying that most of the information that appears in the news is “unsubstantiated and false.”