Johnson relaxed over Terry appointment
Rio Ferdinand has twice avoided the chance to speak with England coach Fabio Capello to learn the Italian's reasoning behind removing the currently injured Manchester United star from his captaincy reins.
"Obviously Rio will be upset to lose the armband. But he is a big man and he will pick himself up and get on with it. I don't think it will be a divisive issue. Everyone is a professional and they will go about their job in the right way. I am sure everyone will be fine."
The absence of Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard does create a hole in Capello's squad that will need to be filled. Jack Wilshere's emergence helps and with Phil Jagielka returning England have plenty of options in centre defence.
After dropping points against Montenegro in October, England cannot afford to lose any more ground in the battle to reach the finals in Poland and Ukraine by slipping up against a side who are yet to collect a point in Group G.
Johnson in particular will have to be on his guard as he tries to subdue the threat of Welsh dangerman Gareth Bale.
"Bale is the main danger," said Johnson. "He is a fantastic player who has been doing really well this season. He is obviously a very good player - but we have good players too. We have to concentrate on ourselves because we want those three points."