Fabio Capello believes John Terry remains one of England's most important players.

The coach stripped Terry of the captaincy last week following newspaper allegations surrounding his private life. However, the Italian said: "John Terry is still an important player for England. He is one of the most important players for England."

The backing seems to end any worries Terry may have had about his future in the team in the run-up to this summer's FIFA World Cup™. Capello has shown a reluctance to talk about the issue after making the decision to replace the 29-year-old with Rio Ferdinand on Friday.

And he said yesterday: "It is all over, it is finished, it is time to move on."