4 Reasons Why Scott Parker Should Replace John Terry as England Captain

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4 Reasons Why Scott Parker Should Replace John Terry as England Captain
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Scott Parker has become an integral part of the England side and is the right choice to captain his country at Euro 2012.

English football has a long tradition of making things difficult for it's national side ahead of a major tournaments, and this year they're ahead of schedule in the run up to this summer's European Championships.

As England went about securing qualification for the tournament in their final qualifier away in Montenegro, Wayne Rooney decided to remove himself from contention in the group stage by kicking at Miodrag Dzudovic and getting sent off.

Then, of course, whether fairly or not, captain John Terry became embroiled in scandal amidst allegations that he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's 1-0 defeat earlier this season. The court case has been postponed until after Euro 2012, but in footballing terms, the situation came to a head Friday morning with the news that the Football Association has stripped Terry of his England captaincy.

With England manager Fabio Capello now required to pick someone else to lead his side on the pitch this summer, speculation will duly begin over who that replacement should be.

While two experienced campaigners who have at one time or another worn the captain's armband will immediately come to mind, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, the ideal candidate may be neither.

Instead, step up Mr. Scott Parker.

Here are four reasons why the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder should be the next England captain.

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