England boss Fabio Capello has sparked fresh controversy by appointing cricketer Andrew Strauss as captain for the friendly against Ghana, writes Crispin Fisher.
With the three leading candidates unavailable Capello has gone for the most experienced captain he could find.
Capello stretched his 100-word vocabulary to say: “Andrew has been in my plans for some time now and luckily he is back in the country and available just at the right time.”
Football pundits have criticised the bizzare decision claiming that Capello has committed another major gaffe.
The Sun’s football correspondent Martin Day said: “Whilst I have the greatest respect for Strauss as a cricketer he is not right for the job.
“My first choice would be former England women’s rugby captain Catherine Spencer.
“Talk about pedigree – she captained the side to three consecutive Six Nations and Nations Cup championships.”
But Capello insists Strauss has enough international experience to lead a second string England against Ghana, albeit in a totally different sport to the one in which he excels.
Former England captain Rio Ferdinand remained controversially silent on Twitter about the news, though there are some suggestions that he has a new phone and his mum has yet to teach him how to use it.
Meanwhile a dishevelled-looking John Terry was spotted leaving the home Andrew Strauss shares with his wife Ruth just forty minutes after news of the appointment broke.