A few months to go. So many candidates to choose. But the question is: Who will Capello pick as England captain come Qualification for the 2010 World Cup? With the Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle team captains in the frame, it will not be an easy decision. But he has to go one way or another, and the expense of ridicule from the press if they feel he chooses the wrong one.
Here, the list of possible candidates for Capello to choose will be run through. Each will be assessed on their leadership abilities and present form:
John Terry - Chelsea captain - Chosen by former coach Steve McClaren to be his England captain. Has shown he is a born leader, leading by example with great defensive performances for Chelsea alongside Carvalho. Seen as the prime choice.
Steven Gerrard - Liverpool captain - Shown good form and good leadership abilities to help Liverpool to a possible 3rd Champions League Final in 4 years, and securing Liverpool 4th place in the Premiership table. Able to boss a game from central midfield. Another prime choice
Gary Neville - Manchester United captain - Been sidelined all season with injury. Shown good leadership skills last season to lead Man Utd to Premiership title, bombing forward from right-back when needed. Maybe a slight outside choice.
Rio Ferdinand - 3rd choice Manchester United captain - An absolute tower in defence this season alongside Vidic, commanding United from the back in Neville's absence. Given the armband against France, but shown touchy and angry side on Saturday against Chelsea. A good choice, maybe a slight outsider
Michael Owen - Newcastle captain - Impressed for Newcastle in recent matches both with form and with leadership abilities. Scored a few goals but lacks enough leadership qualities to permanently captain the national side.
Capello's got a touch choice. Where will he go? We will have to wait until September to see...