John Terry has been removed as England's captain as he awaits trial for racial abuse. The star Chelsea defender will remain eligible to play for the national soccer team at the European Championship.

The English Football Association said Friday that Terry will no longer be captain ''until the allegations against him are resolved.''

Terry faces trial in July on charges of racially abusing Queens Park defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match in October.

England coach Fabio Capello was not consulted about the decision. The British government backed the FA's ruling.

In 2010, Terry lost the captaincy before the World Cup over allegations he had an affair with the former girlfriend of England teammate Wayne Bridge.