The Million-Dollar Question… Who will lead England now?
The English didn’t wait for a statement from John Terry to speculate about who would be the next captain of the Three Lions. After the Football Association stripped the Chelsea defender, Terry from England captaincy a new line of players have been suggested to take up the job.
The England coach, Fabio Capello has lambasted against the FA for bringing down Terry but at the same time he has failed to announce his successor. Amidst many rumors, there are a couple of interesting names that have popped out for the job.
5- Wayne Rooney is the first name on England’s team sheet but the Manchester United forward has too many issues. A captain is supposed to be a calm collective figure that knows when to speak and when to engage into battle. The same cannot be said about Rooney.
The young star has faced too many scandals and has been under scrutiny for his behavior for the past year and a half. His form has also been turbulent. Therefore let’s face it, Rooney is an exceptional player but he brings too much crazy to fit the bill.
4- Scott Parker, Tottenham Hotspur’s life and blood in the midfield, has become a true choice for captain after his strong season for Spurs. While Parker is an experienced professional the 31-year-old midfielder has just 10 caps for England. Hence, the likelihood for Parker wearing the captain’s armband seems quite low.
However, Capello has great liking for the modest midfielder. The fervent Italian might just stun everyone to bring Parker onto the field with added responsibility.
3- Ashley Cole, Chelsea’s star full back is a surprise name on the list. Apparently, Cole is one of the leading candidates for the job because of his experience and his early name on England’s first playing eleven. However, Cole doesn’t seem like captain material and besides he is no stranger to scandals.
Crazier things have happened in the English squad, therefore it won’t be hard to imagine Cole as captain. The left-footed defender has been in good form for the Blues and the Three Lions for some time now. Maybe it’s time for him to shine on a different front.
2- Joe Hart has established himself as England’s No.1 in the past year and a half. Now, the Manchester City shot-stopper is being tipped for the England captaincy. There is no point in denying it, Hart has been in phenomenal form and that is why there are rife rumors about him wearing the captain’s armband.
However, Hart has only 16 caps for England and is considered to be a bit inexperienced internationally. This point become invalid in front of his great form but England’s does have options with more experience. Hart is only 24-years-old, therefore it might be early for him to be captain now, nevertheless, he is a strong bid for the future.
1- Steven Gerrard has 89 international caps and he has been Liverpool’s skipper since God knows when. Gerrard has served as vice-captain and captain for his country before, therefore he is now favorite for the full time gig.
Now, Gerrard is not new on the field for England but he has missed a lot of field time in the past two years because of injuries but a combination of talent, experience and a charismatic character make him the best choice for England’s next captain.