John Terry
Hansen wants Terry to step up and give the Chelsea squad motivation to win this week. REUTERS

Chelsea defender John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy for the second time in his career.

Terry was informed of the decision by Football Association chairman David Bernstein after a meeting on Friday morning.

The Chelsea captain will stand trial for alleged racist abuse of Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in on 9 July, just nine days after the end of Euro 2012.

Terry had expressed his determination to Fabio Capello to play in the tournament earlier this week and the England manager had, until now, maintained the stance that the defender is innocent until proven guilty.

However, pressure from black players within the England squad is believed to have prompted the FA to take a stronger stance, the BBC reports, and take the matter out of Capello's hands.

The Chelsea centre-back is now expected to re-consider his participation in the tournament, which takes place in the Ukraine and Poland, and whether he has a future in the England side.

Terry, 31, is accused of making the comments towards Ferdinand in a Premier League match on 23 October 2011. He will stand trial on 9 July after a not guilty plea was entered on Terry's behalf at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Following Wednesday's hearing, Terry's legal team said in a statement - via the BBC: "Mr Terry looks forward to the opportunity to clear his name.

"Mr Terry denies making any racist statement and will establish in court that he is not guilty of any such offence.

"Mr Terry has never racially abused another player in his entire career."

This is the second time Terry has lost the England captaincy. The defender was previously stripped of the title when Capello removed him from the role in February 2010 following allegations he had an affair with former Chelsea team mate Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend.