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Parker: Lampard is logical choice for captain

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Former England defender Paul Parker believes that Frank Lampard should be the new England captain, ahead of his club teammate John Terry.

Terry was reinstated as skipper, a year after being stripped of the armband after revelations about his private life were revealed in the national press.

Rio Ferdinand was given the responsibility for the World Cup in South Africa, but 12 months on, the Chelsea skipper has been handed the captaincy back, a move which has seen Lampard, who captained England in their last game against Denmark last month, overlooked.

“When Rio and Steven Gerrard were both missing for the friendly in Denmark last month, Frank Lampard was the logical and correct choice to take the helm," Parker said.

 

“I don’t understand why Lampard hasn’t been given it again for the upcoming game in Wales, with Rio kept on as the main man - unless he’s not going to play in Cardiff on Saturday.

“No questions would have been asked and everyone could have focused all their attention on the match. But now there is a divisive issue hanging over the squad when they all meet up.”

A possible reason for Terry being chosen ahead of Lampard might be The Blues midfielder's current status in the squad.

Rumours are rife that Jack Wilshere and Scott Parker will start in central midfield for England against Wales in Cardiff, and although Lampard may take his place as an attacking midfielder, it's a role he's likely to lose when Steven Gerrard returns from injury.

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