Fabio Capello's reinstatement of John Terry as England captain has turned the issue into a laughing stock.
I don't understand what has changed over the past year which suddenly makes Terry fine to lead his country again after previously being stripped of the honour.
It has now transpired that Capello made a rod for his own back when he took the armband from Terry by saying he would never again be skipper under his management, because the Italian has now gone back on his word.
When Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard were both missing for the friendly in Denmark last month, Frank Lampard was the logical and correct choice to take the helm.
I don't understand why Lampard hasn't been given it again for the upcoming game in Wales, and Rio kept on as the main man, unless the Chelsea man is not going to play in Cardiff on Saturday.
No questions would have been asked and everyone could have focused all their attention on the match. But now there is a divisive issue hanging over the squad when they all meet up this week.
It is not even as if they need Terry's leadership to boost the team against Wales. Rivalry or not, the truth is that they are the team at the bottom of the group with no points after three games, and will be playing their first competitive match for a new, novice manager.
Terry is a real leader of men on the pitch, he has proven that on many occasions, but that is not the reason why he lost the right to lead England in the first place.
Even after the dust had settled on that furore, he was at it again during the World Cup itself, trying to undermine Steven Gerrard and the manager within the camp and in front of the media too.
Considering that failed attempt at a rebellion instigated by Terry, Capello's decision to reinstate him as his captain makes even less sense and indicates that he has lost his grip on a job he no longer cares for.
He has already told everyone he will be leaving after next year's European Championships, a decision which is bound to have an effect on him doing his job.
Has he really been acting like a man determined to put right the debacle of South Africa? To me, he is merely trying to get through the remainder of his contract instead of planning how to ensure a bright future for English football.
And, given that he is already halfway out of the door, what does he care about the mess reinstating Terry will leave for his replacement?
For me, the England captaincy lost a lot of credibility when it was given to David Beckham. That was purely a commercial decision, a marketing gimmick.
During my international career people like Bryan Robson, Peter Shilton and Terry Butcher were brilliant captains of England, but now it seems like that armband has lost its meaning.