England head coach Stuart Lancaster has delayed his decision to name their captain for the upcoming Autumn internationals.

Lancaster is expected to name his skipper on October 21st, when the squad will meet for a training camp.

He told BBC radio 5live: "There's no need to announce a captain early when it might influence what you're thinking selection wise.

"I am not going to hand the captaincy around like confetti, but it can weigh heavily".

Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw has been skipper 16 times for England and was given the captain's armband by Lancaster for the first time back in January and unsurprisingly, the flanker is the favourite to lead England out at Twickenham in November.

But Northampton's Tom Wood is also being considered by Lancaster. The 26-year-old has played 14 times for England, and captained the national side for the first time during England's series win over Argentina in the summer. 

"I do not see it as a shootout between Chris and Tom" added Lancaster.

"You also have to consider form and fitness. Chris Robshaw has done a great job thus far, Tom Wood did a great job in Argentina having not captained his club side before.

"Dylan Hartley has done it for us. Geoff Parling stepped up as key leader on the Lions tour, and both (England assistant coaches) Andy (Farrell) and Graham (Rowntree) felt he showed captaincy material.

"But Chris has done a brilliant job so far and definitely hasn't let us down."

First up for England during the autumn series is Australia at Twickenham on November 2nd. They will also host Argentina and current World Champions New Zealand.

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