“ John's big personality is why I chose him but Rio is also important for the team which is why I made him vice-captain."
"Rio, when he was captain, played very well - the same level as John," he added. "It was not easy for me to choose because they are very good players."But Terry - also his club's captain - was given the armband and will now be charged with leading England to qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Terry made his England debut as a substitute in a friendly against Serbia & Montenegro in June 2003, establishing himself in the side the following season.
He has scored four goals for his country, including England's first at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium against Brazil in June last year.