Sam Allardyce raised eyebrows in his first press conference as England manager earlier this week when he was asked about the captaincy.
Roy Hodgson’s successor said it was too early to make a decision over whether or not Wayne Rooney will continue as captain - although, in truth, there aren’t too many obvious candidates to replace the experienced striker as skipper.
"It's far too early to make any predictions in that area,” Allardyce was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “I’m going to leave that until we meet all the players and we get all the coaching staff together behind the scenes and plan for the internationals in September.”
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Harry Redknapp admits he would stick with Rooney if he was in Allardyce’s position - although there is another player he would love to see handed the captain’s armband (not for the first time in his career).
Redknapp, who must have been hoping the Football Association would approach him over the vacancy, believes John Terry is still the ideal candidate to captain his country - despite the fact he’s been stripped of the armband twice and turns 36 in December.
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Redknapp: Make John Terry!
“If you play Wayne Rooney, he’s got to be captain,” Redknapp told talkSPORT this week. “I don’t see anybody else in the squad who I would make captain in front of Rooney.
“I like Eric Dier, he’s a fantastic player. A very quiet lad who gets on with job but he’s not the captain of Tottenham so [I would] not [make him England skipper] at the moment. If Rooney is in the team and Dier is in the team, I go Rooney.
“If Rooney isn’t in the team it’s a scary [thought]. I watched a programme the other day about Euro 96. [The England team contained] Stuart Pearce, captain, leader. Sol Campbell, Tony Adams, Paul Ince, Teddy Sheringham, Alan Shearer – how many captains and leaders? Now you look at the squad and you can’t find a captain.
“I’m delighted Sam has got the job. I think he’ll do great. He’ll give it a real go but when you start looking at leaders, where are they in the game?
“Bring John Terry back out of retirement and make him captain.”
Terry quit England back in 2012
Terry announced his international retirement back in September 2012 following the Football Association’s decision to pursue charges against him following allegations that he had racially abused Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match.
The defender, who made 78 appearances for his country, was cleared of racial abuse at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in July 2012.
However, the FA found him guilty of their own charge and banned him for four-match and fined him £220,000.
Terry remains one of the Premier League’s best defenders, hence why the Blues handed him a one-year contract extension at the end of last season, but it’s possible this will be his final campaign at Stamford Bridge.
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