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The England Captain Debate.. Again!

Friday 3rd February 2012
John Terry has once again been stripped of the England captaincy by the FA which leads to the same old question: who should replace him?

Rio Ferdinand was the man who replaced Terry after the Wayne Bridge saga hit the headlines,  but he isn't even captain of Manchester United anymore. I'm not even sure if he's going to be in England's starting 11 come the summer.

The other obvious candidates would be Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, but Lampard has not been in the Chelsea team consistently. This would make Gerrard favourite but he doesn't exactly have the cleanest of reputations and he has only just started playing games week in week out again for his club.

Joe Hart, Ashley Cole, Glen Johnson and Wayne Rooney are likely to be definite starters come the Euros but I don't feel that any of these players should be captain. Cole and Rooney are always in the news for the wrong reasons, and Rooney is already missing for the first two matches of the campaign. Hart and Johnson simply don't have the on-pitch presence required to be captains.

The two players I feel would be best suited to assume the armband are Gareth Barry and Scott Parker, although these aren't captains for their clubs either. They have never been in the news for doing stupid things and I think it is important to have a captain who can be a role model. They are both liked by all and they both lead by example, going about their business in appropriate ways. They also have previous experience of being captains at Aston Villa and West Ham United respectively.

My preferred choice out of the two would be Scott Parker, due to his incredible passion for the game. When you watch him play you feel like he will give his life for the nation - he wears the Three Llions with pride and I'd happily see him lead the side out.

Unfortunately, I imagine that Gerrard will get the armband and I have to admit he is probably one of the best candidates for the job. However, if I was walking out onto the Wembley turf I would rather be following Scott Parker. Nobody will work harder than Parker on that pitch, guaranteed. He leads by example and his work rate lifts others around him. It is for these reasons that I would pick Scott Parker as I can see him being an extremely successful England captain.
Alex Anderson
Alex started supporting Arsenal at a young age and witnessed many successful years as a boy, even having the pleasure of supporting 'The Invincibles.' On the other side of this, he has also witnessed the long, painful wait for a trophy and the hurt of seeing his idols leaving the club on a regular basis. His favourite people within football are: Wenger, Vieira, Bergkamp, Fabregas and of course Henry whose signed shirt he has hung up on his wall. Robin van Persie would have been on that list also but we all know the reason for his omission. Alex is currently in his second year at the Univeristy of Central Lancashire where he is studying Sports Journalism and he hopes to get a job within the industry on finishing his degree.

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