More than half of readers believe John Terry should lose England captaincy

39% believe the 31-year-old should not feature in Poland and Ukraine whilst 17% say he should simply lose the armband over allegations of racially abusing Anton Ferdiand

Just under half of readers believe Chelsea defender John Terry should keep the England captaincy and lead the Three Lions into Euro 2012.

Fabio Capello’s skipper has faced calls to step down from his duties following allegations of racial abuse made against him by QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

However, the trial has been delayed until after the European Championships leaving the Italian with a difficult decision to make about the 31-year-old’s role and participation in the tournament.

England kick-off their campaign against France on June 11 and it remains to be seen whether Terry will lead the side out at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.

We put the question to our readers to gauge their opinion on the issue of the Blues defender’s fate.

43% of people believe Terry should be picked by the England boss for the tournament and should remain as captain despite the allegations hanging over him.

However, 39% of readers think the 31-year-old should not be in the Three Lions squad for the competition whilst 17% feel the defender should go to Poland and the Ukraine but should not skipper the side.

‘Terry is by far Englands best defender and the only one who would put his body on the line. And the fact that England have a better winning percentage with him as captain than without shows he should stay as captain.’ – ArsenalFan92, London

‘Why should he be dropped? He has the opportunity to defend himself in a court of law; at a date already chosen. Should he not be presumed innocent until proven guilty? Or is popular opinion enough these days? What a farce!’ Justice

‘Definitely not! Who, in their right mind, wants that as their representative? He is a liability.’ Catherine Hansen, UAE

'John Terry is considered one of the best defenders in the world!! If England wan't to win the Euro, better have Terry on the Line. Besides who can replace him? Ferdinand? No! Terry's still playing well ferdinand is inconsistent.' Mark, London

'He should NOT be taken to the Euros and to suggest otherwise is absurd. Capello needs to dismiss Terry as doing so would be perceived as a stand against racism in football, which would be only a good thing.' Paul, UK