Fabio Capello had already called John Terry's mid-World Cup press conference on 20 June a 'very big mistake'. And the decision continues to be debated in the media.
According to one source, the decision to put Terry in front of the media in the wake of England's disappointing draw with Algeria 'defied belief' considering the problems between him and Capello. Months before the tournament, the manager stripped Terry of the England captaincy because of personal issues.
Terry called for Joe Cole to play and for the squad to have showdown talks with Capello. He said: 'If it upsets him, then I'm on the verge of just saying: "You know what? So what?"'
But it is thought the FA was keen for a senior player to face the media after the negative coverage of the Algeria game and that it was merely Terry's 'turn' to face the cameras.
'The decision was made by (Capello's assistant Franco) Baldini,' said the Daily Mirror's Lipton. 'All the senior players had been put up already and Baldini wanted Terry to do it as one of the best talkers in the group.'
Lexis sport's Will Oscroft said: 'Why it happened only the FA will know, but I can't believe the FA would have sanctioned him talking in such an open and honest way.'