Club England managing director Adrian Bevington has insisted that the FA supports Fabio Capello’s decision to call up John Terry for the friendly against Spain at Wembley on Saturday as Paddy Power announce a free bets offer.
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Terry is currently under investigation by the FA and the Metropolitan Police after the England skipper allegedly racially abused Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat against QPR last month, leading to speculation he would be dropped from Capello’s squad for the game against Spain and next week’s encounter against Sweden.
However the Italian defied calls to drop the centre-back and named him in his squad on Sunday, a decision that Bevington insists the FA never interfered with.
“There was a lot of conjecture about this subject last week and some stories and certain media outlets suggested that there might have been some disagreement between Fabio and the FA (over the selection of Terry), ” he said.
“I can confirm that there was nothing of that sort. We can’t comment on specific issues, but what we can say is that these are allegations and therefore Fabio was perfectly entitled (to pick Terry) and we agree with this.
“There are allegations in place and nothing has been proved against anybody. So Fabio picked John Terry and we support that decision.” He added.
England will look to put the negative headlines behind them when they take on the World Champions at Wembley on Saturday, but the makeup of Capello’s squad has raised more than a few eyebrows.
Capello left out Micah Richards and instead included the out of form Glen Johnson and Spurs youngster Kyle Walker ahead of him, while also leaving out Wayne Rooney after the striker received a three match ban for his red card in England’s final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro.
The decision to omit Richards from the squad led the Manchester City defender to voice his disappointment on Twitter, writing: “Well well well!!!! Disappointed is an understatement!!” on the social networking site.