England v Holland; International Friendly; Wembley Stadium; Wednesday 29 February 2012, 20:00 KO


Team News

England: Hart; Richards, Cahill, Smalling, Baines; Parker, Barry, Johnson, Gerrard, Young; Welbeck


Meanwhile, Holland are sweating on the fitness of a number of players, with Rafael Van der Vaart already ruled out, Robin van Persie will be given to the last minute to prove he is ready to start.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would be favourite to replace him, but Mark van Bommel is unlikely to be risked after suffering from a knee complaint.

 


Parker picked as England captain



Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker will captain England in their friendly against Holland at Wembley this evening.

The 31-year-old has been picked by interim Three Lions boss Stuart Pearce ahead of leading contenders Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) and Joe Hart (Manchester City).

Parker has made 10 international appearances, featuring in seven of England's nine matches in 2011, and was recently voted fans' player of the year.

In yesterday's press conference, Pearce refrained from naming his captain, instead saying that he would inform the players on Wednesday morning ahead of the game.

"Captaining England was the proudest moment of my career," he told reporters. "When you play for your country that is the true pinnacle of anyone's career. That is still the case.

"When I bear in mind it might be a one-off scenario, the captain has got to be somebody who is in the starting line-up, somebody who's got the respect of the other players in my eyes and someone who is unselfish and puts the group above himself. That's a vital commodity as captain."

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