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Saturday, 04 February 2012

A Scott to be England captain . . . Why Parker is the right man for Fabio


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So its official, John Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy AGAIN! After previously having the armband removed as a result of his alleged affair with Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend, his latest dethroning comes as a result of the on-going race scandal involving Anton Ferdinand.

Stripping Terry of the England captaincy without consulting manager Fabio Capello is a brave move by the FA but one that was entirely necessary. I know the phrase says “Innocent until proven guilty” but as far as I’m concerned, Terry should be left out of the England squad until this issue is resolved.

We only need to look at the debacle that was England’s Rugby World Cup campaign to realise the drastic effects an underlying scandal can have on a team at a major international tournament and I think our Euro 2012 efforts may follow a similar path should Terry be present in Ukraine.

Now, of course, the natural question is this; if Terry shouldn’t be England captain, who should? Terry’s vice-captain is Rio Ferdinand and, due to his past experience of captaining Manchester United and England (for a short while), he would appear to be the natural successor but for one simple reason; he doesn’t want it.

Ferdinand tweeted after Terry’s removal that he did not want to be England captain, which may mean he alienates quite a proportion of the English footballing public, myself included. Millions of people dream of being England captain and would give anything to lead their country, so to see someone dismiss the possibility of assuming the role with such disdain is shocking.

So we must turn our attention to other potential suitors. Steven Gerrard may seem an obvious choice, but his terrible injury record and the fact that he led the disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign may count against him. Frank Lampard? Maybe, but I don’t think his place in the side is guaranteed. Rooney? I’d say no because he already has enough responsibility on his shoulders as our only genuinely world-class player. Barry? Has been a favourite of Capello’s but his shortcomings have been dramatically exposed in the Champions League this season. Ashley Cole? Surely not, he’s just as controversial a figure as John Terry!

It is quite conceivable to imagine all of these players as contenders for the role of England captain, but amongst all this it is easy to forget one outstanding candidate; Scott Parker.

Oh sure, he only has 10 caps to his name, but let’s have a look at his other credentials: Last season’s Football Writer’s Player of the Year as part of a team that were relegated, has played a major role in Tottenham’s ascent into the title reckoning and he is arguably one of the most consistent Premier League midfielders in recent years. He’s tough-tackling, composed and he appears to actually care about playing for England.

I honestly believe that Parker is ideal for the role of England captain and that he should be considered as a serious contender for the position.

By the way, before anyone asks, no I am not his agent!

Article by Matt Turner

Do you agree with Matt? Do you think Parker should be handed the captain's armband or would you prefer Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand or even Joe Hart to have it? Whatever your view we'd love to hear from you.

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