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Capello denies Terry fallout will blight World Cup hopes

Capello had to field repeated questions about the Terry affair in his pre-match media conference.
Capello had to field repeated questions about the Terry affair in his pre-match media conference.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Fabio Capello denies the controversy surrounding John Terry will affect World Cup preps
  • Capello stripped Terry of captaincy last month after revelations about his private life
  • Terry turns out for England in friendly against Egypt at Wembley on Wednesday
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(CNN) -- England coach Fabio Capello says the continued furore over John Terry's private life will not affect his side's preparations for the World Cup finals in South Africa later this year.

Strict disciplinarian Capello stripped Terry of the captaincy last month following newspaper revelations of an alleged extra-marital affair with the ex-partner of his international and former Chelsea teammate Wayne Bridge.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard will now be captaining the side for Wednesday's friendly against Egypt after Capello's first choice Rio Ferdinand pulled out through injury.

Bridge subsequently ruled himself out of the World Cup so with Ashley Cole injured his place at left-back will be filled by one of the inexperienced pair of Stephen Warnock or Leighton Baines.

With the World Cup 100 days away, Capello insisted the mood in the England camp was still upbeat.

"I spoke with the players and said they have to recreate the spirit of the team and train with focus," Capello told reporters Tuesday.

"I'm really happy because I saw the same thing as in November (in the friendly against Brazil in Doha)."

Capello also appealed to the home crowd at Wembley on Wednesday not to barrack Terry.

"We wear the England shirt and it is really important they help us every moment. I hope that tomorrow the crowd help us and do not boo him."

I hope that tomorrow the crowd help us and do not boo him
--Fabio Capello on John Terry

Terry's form has slipped for Chelsea and he had a poor game as the Premier League leaders were beaten 4-2 at home by Manchester City, who fielded Bridge in their ranks.

Most of the focus was on Bridge's refusal to shake Terry's hand before the start of the match on Saturday, but Capello said he had been impressed by the form of his former captain in training.

"He (Terry) will be the same player in the dressing room," Capello added. "I told him you have to do the same things as a captain."

Capello told CNN last week in an exclusive interview that he hoped Bridge would change his mind about the World Cup and reiterated that position again.

"The door is always open and if Wayne Bridge wants to come back, the door is always open. Not only for him -- for all the players. We are monitoring all the players."