Frank Lampard will captain England in their friendly international with Spain this weekend, manager Fabio Capello confirmed here Friday.
It marks a sharp turnaround in fortunes for Lampard, who was dropped from England's recent games against Bulgaria and Montenegro, fuelling speculation his 89-cap international career was drawing to a close.
Lampard said he had no problem assuming the armband ahead of team-mate and close friend Terry, who is embroiled in racism allegations yet remains part of the squad.
"It is not difficult at all. It is a proud moment for me. I have no hold on the captain's armband, I have no wishes to try and get it," Lampard said.
"I'm honoured to have it for the second time. But John is the captain."
Capello was adamant that Terry, who is at the centre of police and FA investigations, remained his permanent captain and would play against Sweden next week.
"He is the team leader," Capello told a press conference. "He will play against Sweden but tomorrow he will be on the bench. We have six substitutions and I will decide on them during the game.
"For me, he (Terry) is innocent until proven guilty, absolutely. I respect every decision but I cannot speak about this."
"I decided everything before what happened. I don't like to speak about this," Capello said.
England's players took to the field at Wembley for training on Friday after holding two minutes' silence to mark Armistice Day.
It followed a row earlier this week over an FA request for England's players to be allowed to wear commemorative red poppies on their shirts for Saturday's prestige friendly against Spain at Wembley.
World governing body FIFA initially refused the request on the grounds that it could open the door to similar initiatives from other countries.
After protests from the British government and expression of dismay from Britain's royal heir Prince William, FIFA eventually agreed a compromise wear players are allowed to wear poppies on black armbands.
Lampard later refused to rule out the possibility England's players may have taken action had they not been allowed to wear poppies.
"We do a lot of work with the military boys and if we were to be running out and not showing our respects, we would be letting them down," Lampard said.
"It is something the players felt very strong about. Fortunately enough we turned up yesterday, the decision was made."
Asked if England would have defied the ban, Lampard replied: "I wouldn't say I would have considered defying the ban but we would have sat down and said this is how important this is to us."
Lampard also refused to rule out the suggestion that England might even have taking the extreme step of not playing the fixture.
"That is what you are trying to get me to say. I think we would have spoke. It is very much a team thing," he said. "It is hypothetical now because it has happened. The right thing has happened."
Source: AFP Global Edition