So Fabio Capello is about to name England's permanent captain.
Here's the list of candidates, and the justification for them.
David Beckham: Well, the man has worn the armband enough, so experience on his part wins for sure. If you have a look at England's Euro 2008 qualifying failure, you will see that England got points in the games he started. He's just a good leader, but his longevity could be a slight issue as his international career is entering its twilight.
Steven Gerrard: He loses out on the experience vote, but everything else is there. The skill level is there, and he makes the players around him better. His leadership with Liverpool has been nothing less than spectacular, but anyone cheering for England would like to see some of that for the England team. He's my pick.
John Terry: He's the likely pick. I'd rather Gerrard, but I think Capello will go with Terry. He's been great leading Chelsea, and he's one of the best centre backs in the world.
Rio Ferdinand: Also one of the best centre backs in the world. Not overly experienced as a captain, but he's still got a chance.
This is completely open.