When Bobby Moore led England to victory in the World Cup final against West Germany in 1966, he was hailed as a nation's hero. 

The captain, who lead the three lions to their first and only World Cup triumph, was widely renowned as the greatest leader England have ever had. His decade long tenure as skipper was undoubtedly one of England's finest.

Ever since he was first given the captain's armband against Uruguay on May 6 1963 until his final game, a friendly against Italy on 14th November 1973, he remained as the captain.

He had captained his country 90 times over a period of 10 years, which at that time, didn't seem like an awful lot.

But, fast forward to 2013 and you begin to wonder if captaining your country means all that much.

In just the last decade, there have been 11 different players who have started a game as captain. Ashley Cole was the latest player to go alongside legends such as Bobby Moore and Bryan Robson, as players who have led the national side. 

It seems, nowadays, all you have to do get an opportunity to captain England is to be present on the pitch. A seemingly innocuous friendly against Serbia and Montenegro on June 3 2003 set the tone for what was to follow. David Beckham, the regular captain, was injured, so his deputy, Michael Owen took his place.

As this was nothing but a meaningless friendly, there were plenty of substitutions and by the end of the game, the captain's armband had passed on from Owen, to Emile Heskey, Phil Neville and Jamie Carragher.

As the final whistle blew, England had four new captains within the space of 90 minutes.

It was right then and there, that a little piece of black elasticated cloth lost its value and being the captain of England had lost its magic. 

So much so, that, in 2008, England had not one, not two but four official captains in David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Rio Ferdinand.

While Bobby Moore lead the three lions for 90 games, there have been players who have led the country for all of 90 seconds. Whether this is because of a growing trend of players choosing club over country, remains to be seen.

But, one thing is for sure, it will surely be a long time before any England captain is mentioned in the same breath as Bobby Moore or Bryan Robson. And maybe just maybe, seeing the sorry state of affairs of the current England setup, there are more pressing concerns than who gets the captain's armband.

 

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