Outrage at John Terry’s ‘World Cup call-up for ITV’

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When Roy Keane suddenly dropped out of ITV’s World Cup coverage on Tuesday it was thought that the most controversial man on British sporting TV screens could not be replaced.

That was until it was reported that the man set to step into Keane’s big shoes would be none other than controversy’s John Terry.

Yes, the Chelsea and former England skipper is about the most polarising individual ITV could possible choose to replace Keane.

Certain to divide the public entirely, Terry will be able to offer particular insight into the workings of the England camp as a recent ‘captain, leader and legend’ while getting people watching ITV’s coverage out of sheer intrigue.

Of course, some fans are already saying they will do the precise opposite.

The Chelsea stalwart, who retired from international football in 2012 under current boss Roy Hodgson, has been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to replace the outspoken and abrasive Keane on the couch next to presenter Adrian Chiles.

It would certainly not be a backwards step in terms of courting debate and opinion for ITV as they seek to do battle with the BBC.

As various newspapers have already now pointed out, it would pitch him head-to-head against former England team-mate Rio Ferdinand, who is among the BBC pundits.

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The pair fell out after Terry was charged with racially abusing Rio’s brother Anton during a game against QPR and, although he was cleared in court, he was subsequently banned by the FA.

As a former England captain, Terry has a chequered history with the World Cup given that he reportedly led a failed mutiny against Fabio Capello’s methods at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Meanwhile, Keane is expected to be named as Paul Lambert’s assistant at Aston Villa once he returns from two Republic of Ireland friendlies in the USA next week.

Keane’s decision to pull out of his role as an ITV pundit was with the intention of investing more time in securing a return to Premier League football.

What was regarded on Tuesday as a terrible situation for ITV with Keane jumping ship can now go one of two ways: would bringing in Terry be inspired, or utterly disastrous?

Only time will tell whether this reported move goes down as one of the worst in sports broadcasting history, or whether Terry will make ITV’s coverage all the better.

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