Warsaw: By twice stripping John Terry of the armband, the FA made clear the standards expected of the England captain. Now the responsibilities of that “privileged position” have been set out in the new Code of Conduct for England players, including FA’s power of veto should any future captains fall short.
The 16-page code was given to the England squad on Sunday, each of the players signing for their copy of the new common-sense guide of dos and don’ts.
Supporters might wonder whether it really is necessary to spell out to international footballers that they must avoid sending offensive tweets, applaud their supporters at the end of matches and not spend obsessive amounts of time on video games, but recent experience has shown that a reminder is not only helpful but necessary for a miscreant minority.
At the more serious end of offences, England players could be banned indefinitely, with no right to appeal, according to the new code.
Among the rules is a ban on room service to stop players eating food not approved by the coaching staff.
There is guidance on when mobile phones are allowed — banned from the meal room, for example, unless Hodgson gives permission — and the players are encouraged to go through media mixed zones after matches.
They will be advised not to do so wearing enormous headphones and running at the pace of Usain Bolt. The code gives advice on the use of Facebook and Twitter — take note, Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand — with a ban on using social media on the day before, and of, a game unless authorised.