It seems that everybody is content with the appointment of Steven Gerrard as England Captain and why should we not be?

Gerrard is one on the best midfielders to ever grace the game. He can shoot, pass, tackle and most importantly he is a born leader. The only downside to Gerrard is his age.  The 32 year-old is not getting any younger and my retire from international football to extend his club career. This led me to think, who would be the next best England captain ? Here are the top three candidates:

Wayne Rooney

With the superb signing of Robin van Persie by Manchester United, the importance of Wayne Rooney to the team has been generally overlooked by both fans and pundits alike. However, in this Premier League campaign Rooney has contributed 10 goals and seven assist in just 18 games. So it's not hard to see why he is crucial for both club and country.

In England colours Rooney hasn't really hit his best goalscoring form but he is  in need of only 17 international goals to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton's long-standing England goal-scoring record.

All throughout his career Rooney has epitomised the traditional aggressive British bulldog approach to football and seems to have mellowed and matured with age. Therefore, with his great qualities and overwhelming achievements Wayne Rooney must be a strong candidate for the England captaincy after Steven Gerrard.

Jack Wilshere

A very young man of whom much is expected of but it seems that Wilshere has it all. Anybody who has ever watched Wilshere play, whether for or against your team, has had to begrudgingly admire the hunger, desire and the tenacity of the 21 year-old. On one hand he is a tough-tackling, hard-working, industrial midfielder. But, on the other hand he has flair, pace and the ability to drive the opposition crazy. 

Wilshere has shown great promise for a couple of years now which is encapsulated through him being given an England First Team debut at the tender age of 18. Now he is considered by many to be an England regular and a vital component if England are to improve and move forward in the near future. Over time Wilshere's questionable attitude, silky skills and pin-point passing will grow along with his maturity. Therefore, when Steven Gerrard does eventually step down as England captain Jack Wilshere must be considered to replace him.

Phil Jones

Another very young man who is seen my many to be almost certainly England captain in the future. The speculation about Jones' credentials were first sparked by Sir Alex Ferguson when he said: “He's definitely a future captain.

There's no doubt about that.” When Ferguson said this over a year ago and many of us were sceptical at the time and this caused us to observe and evaluate Jones' performances a little bit closer. Even at such a young age Jones hasn't failed to produce world-class performances and at the same time show immense commitment through playing in numerous different positions. He performed most notably in England colours during the 1-0 triumph over Spain. 

Asked to play out of his favoured centre-back position Jones gave a stella performance to nullify Iniesta, Xavi  and David Silva. This performance summarises Jones as a selfless, classy player with a good attitude and bags of ability. These are all of the qualities necessary in order to succeed Steven Gerrard as the next England captain. 


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