JOHN Terry has spoken out publicly for the first time in support of former England manager Fabio Capello .
Capello quit the England post last month following the FA’s decision to strip Terry of the captaincy ahead of his for trial for allegedly racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand .
The Italian disagreed with his employers’ stance over the armband and was replaced byinterim boss Stuart Pearce, who is free to select Terry for Euro 2012 but not to restore him as skipper.
And the Blues skipper paid tribute to Capello in a press conference at Stamford Bridge, pointing to a respectful relationship between the pair that eventually led to the 65-year-old’s Wembley exit.
"Fabio backed me," Terry said. "That comes from a relationship with myself and him, the relationship we built up.
“I stood for him on the pitch, and he stood up for me off the pitch. I respect that. I respect him as a man and for what he did for me. Complete respect. Both ways."