Fernandes backs England captain

Terry still right man to lead national side, insists QPR owner

Tony Fernandes: Maintains John Terry is innocent until proven guilty in race-row involving his defender Anton Ferdinand

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Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes has backed Chelsea defender John Terry to retain the England captaincy.

"If he's the right man for the job then he should be selected as captain."

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Sky Sports News understands Terry has been named in England's provisional squad for the upcoming friendlies against Spain and Sweden.

It comes as police and Football Association bosses continue to investigate allegations that Terry racially abused Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

The Chelsea star has denied the claims which were made following his side's 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road last month.

Fernandes insisted Terry should continue to lead the national side until the investigations have been completed.

The Malaysian said: "I think innocent until proven guilty.

"There's been no hard evidence either way of John's alleged statements.

"If he's the right man for the job then he should be selected as captain."