If that is indeed Fabio Capello's verdict, then it appears possible that the appointment will be permanent.
"I'm not sure of my decision yet," Capello said . "I need time." He would announce his choice, he said, the day before the Wales match. But the fact that he is meeting Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard, the current captain and vice-captain, over the next two days suggests that he is seriously considering the reinstatement of Terry, who lost the armband following allegations of an affair with the former girlfriend of Wayne Bridge.
Both the Manchester United defender and the Liverpool midfielder have been ruled out of the trip to the Millennium Stadium. Capello will also have to consider the claims of Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney, third and fourth in the pecking order.
When England beat Denmark 2-1 in a friendly in Copenhagen last month, the absence of Ferdinand and Gerrard led Capello to give the captaincy to Lampard. When Lampard was substituted at half-time, the role was passed to Ashley Cole. And on Cole's withdrawal, Gareth Barry became the third captain of the night. Terry, on the pitch the whole time, watched the passing of the armband with increasing frustration, to which he gave vent afterwards. Nor, it now transpires, was Capello best pleased with what he saw.
"I was upset about this, really upset, when I saw the players handing it around," Capello said. "People were saying, 'Who's the captain?' I had decided on three, the captain, vice captain and second vice captain. But there was confusion. I think for John Terry it was a bad moment."
A year, the manager added, is "a good period to understand a mistake". Terry had held the job since his appointment by Steve McClaren in August 2006, had it confirmed by Capello exactly two years later after a set of auditions that included Ferdinand and Gerrard, and lost it during a 10-minute meeting at Wembley Stadium on 5 February 2010.
Now Capello appears ready to forgive and forget. He described both Terry and Ferdinand as "good captains" but stressed that the former had been his original first choice and may also be swayed by the latter's recurring back problem.
"First of all I want to know what happened with Rio's back and when he will be fit because he is a really important player for us," said Capello. "After that I will explain to him what really happened and what I am going to do, if I will decide on a new captain or about John Terry or something else. I will explain what happened in Denmark and what I think. I would understand if he is not happy. But I am the manager. I have to take decisions."
Capello was also keen to stress the importance of Jack Wilshere to his plans. When asked whether Arsenal's 19-year-old was captaincy material, he said: "He needs more caps, but he's a leader on the pitch. I watched him speaking to the referee and the other players during a match. It's difficult to find a player like that, so young, with such a big personality."
As to Wilshere's role in the team, Capello emphasised his need to be involved as one of two midfield players in front of the back four. "Now we need to find another one. But he's incredible. After the Denmark game I was really happy with his performance. He played with confidence, without fear, trying to do the same things he does usually when he plays with Arsenal."
That was Wilshere's second cap, the first having come back in August, as an 83rd-minute substitute in a friendly against Egypt at Wembley. "The first time he played, I was not so sure," Capello said. "But since that time he has improved a lot."
The England manager was particularly impressed by his Champions League performances in Arsenal's defeat over two legs at the hands of Barcelona. "In the game in Spain, against the most difficult team to beat at the moment, he played with the same confidence and attitude that he showed in the match in London," he said. "He was incredible."
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