John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy following a meeting with manager Fabio Capello at FA headquarters this morning.
In a statement released just after midday on the FA website, Capello explained his decision.
“After much thought, I have made the decision that it will be best for me to take the captaincy away from John Terry,” he said.
“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.”
Chelsea man Terry has been embroiled in a private life scandal since it emerged last week that he had been involved in an extra-marital affair with the partner of former club team mate Wayne Bridge.
Terry is married with young twins, while French model and actress Vanessa Perroncel is the mother of Bridge’s son.
A High Court injunction was imposed in early January to prevent the story from being released, however that injunction was later lifted.
Manchester United defender and England vice-captain Rio Ferdinand has been given the armband and will lead England into the World Cup in the summer, injury permitting.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is the new vice captain.