Roy Hodgson Appointed England Manager: Who Should He Name as Captain?
It might not have been the most popular choice, it might not be the most exciting choice—but in Roy Hodgson, the FA have chosen the most sensible option to take England forward.
But the next question on everybody's lips is, Who will he announce as the next captain of the national side?
The 64-year-old wisely sidestepped questions during his first press conference but you can be sure he already has a pretty good idea who will be leading his team at the Euro 2012 finals this summer.
Here I rank his five most likely choices...
5) Joe Hart
Hart has been magnificent for Manchester City this season and deserves to be considered as a potential England captain.
With the likes of Sergio Aguero and David Silva taking the majority of the headlines this season, Hart has quietly gone about his business and is without question the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.
The fact that he will be an England regular for many years to come makes him a viable candidate.
I'm not saying he won't be an England captain in the future; I think he will eventually follow in David Seaman's footsteps, but it's too early to give him the armband.
Verdict: Wait your turn Joe — Too Soon
4) Rio Ferdinand
Has plenty of experience as England captain and would be a more than adequate choice by Hodgson.
Ferdinand has an interesting track record as captain but has lost out to John Terry twice which irked the Manchester United defender no end.
He has since distanced himself from the job but may reconsider, should Hodgson ask the question.
It also may be a wise move from the new manager especially if he is considering playing Terry and Ferdinand alongside each other despite the Chelsea defender's upcoming court case for alleged racial abuse against his younger brother.
However, it is far from certain that Ferdinand will be in the starting line-up and therefore one must assume Hodgson will look elsewhere.
Verdict: Can't be trusted to last tournament — long shot
3) Frank Lampard
He may be 33, but write Frank Lampard off at your own peril—the Chelsea midfielder is a very realistic candidate to be England's next captain.
Hodgson is a great admirer of the former England captain and he remains an absolute certainty to make the final squad.
With Wayne Rooney suspended, Lampard also looks a fairly safe bet to start the tournament in midfield or in a more advanced role behind the striker.
However he has become a boo boy over the last few years at international level and still has yet to form an effective partnership with Steven Gerrard.
This will most likely be his last major tournament for England and Hodgson could well appoint someone who he sees leading the team into the 2016 Brazil World Cup.
Verdict: Age and fan opinion will ultimately count against him — look elsewhere
2) Steven Gerrard
Many will see Gerard as the favourite to get the job after Hodgson's unsuccessful managerial stint with Liverpool.
The Scouser was one of the first people to publicly endorse the appointment and will look to his ex-club boss for a favour when the announcement is made.
Gerrard has made no secret of his desire to lead the national team whenever possible but, like Lampard, his age and future plans may ultimately count against him.
Add to this his constant injury problems; Hodgson would have had a far easier ride at Liverpool had his captain not been on the treatment table.
It would be a big surprise if Gerrard stays fully fit throughout the tournament, especially if England get to the later stages.
Verdict: Not quite the player he once was — unreliability will count against him.
1) Scott Parker
Nominated England captain by Stuart Pearce, Parker is in pole position to retain the armband for the 2012 finals and beyond.
Has played a pivotal role in Tottenham's resurgence this season and remains well-liked by the players and the media.
Parker will be one of the first names on the team sheet and that is a huge plus when compared to many of this rivals for the job.
Consistency will be key and the 31-year-old delivers that in abundance.
Many see Hodgson's appointment as the safe choice to be England's next manager.
Well, Scott Parker is the safe choice to be the first man out the tunnel for the opening game against France in Donetsk on June 10.
Verdict: Why fix something that isn't broken?—Scotty's the man!
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