GMF accesses Terry replacements


The issue over who will replace John Terry as England captain is on everyone's lips following The Football Association's decision to strip the defender of the armband on Friday.

Subsequently, a myriad of names have been suggested as to who could step in for the summer's European Championships, leaving the GiveMeFootball team no choice but to share our own opinions.

Each have championed their candidate below, but who do you want to step into Terry's shoes?

Mark Bollons - Jack Wilshere

When running the rule over England's next possible captain, names like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are likely to come to the fore.

Rio Ferdinand, another experienced hand, has already ruled himself out as a possible replacement for John Terry. But, to my mind, the Chelsea defender's removal from his position gives Fabio Capello the chance to leave a legacy by appointing a captain for the future of English football.

Whilst one of my colleagues has shown his support for Joe Hart, an admirable choice, I believe Jack Wilshere is the player to guide the Three Lions to long-term success post-Capello.

The 20-year-old midfielder is already one of the nation's finest footballers, and appears a certain starter for England over the next decade. How many of the other candidates can you say that about?

Whether fit for Euro 2012 or not, Wilshere should take the armband after the tournament, and help the new manager guide our country into a new period of excitement where young players will be given their chance. Think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Rodwell, Phil Jones, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Kyle Walker and many, many more.

With Wilshere at the helm, that's a future of English football I'm happy to see.

Will Haine - Scott Parker

Scott Parker's promotion to the England captaincy would be both a sensible and popular choice by Fabio Capello.

The 31-year-old's status as a leading candidate for the recently vacated post represents quite a turnaround in fortunes for the Tottenham midfielder, who is now one of Capello's most reliable performers.

Parker can also, perhaps, be regarded as Capello's only automatic selection in his England midfield - in the absence of Jack Wilshere - while he also possesses unquestionable leadership credentials.

His ability to galvanise his team-mates was evident during his time with West Ham, and he has even be called upon by John Terry to inspire the England players during half-time intervals.

Parker is also incredibly well regarded both on and off the pitch, and enjoys an excellent relationship with the national press - an important quality as England captain.

The former Hammers talisman is, without question, the perfect player to succeed Terry as England skipper.

Brendan Simpson - Steven Gerrard

With the furore that has come with John Terry being stripped of the England captaincy, the FA is in need of a dependable candidate to take up the standard.

There can be no more suitable candidate than a man who has already carried out the job, and knows how to deal with such a weight of expectation.

Therefore, Steven Gerrard must be the man chosen to wear the armband at Euro 2012 - he is a perfect fit for every criteria that an England captain must fill.

He is a world-class performer, he is experienced, inspirational and, most importantly, he is not the constant subject of negative media attention.

While he is no angel, Gerrard can demand the respect of all in the squad and nobody there can undermine him through reasons of reputation or performance.

The all-action midfielder took up the role of captain at Liverpool seamlessly and turned himself from a talisman into a living Anfield legend.

He has carried numerous Liverpool teams in the past few seasons with his drive and determination - his opportunity to do the same with England is way past due.

Pete South - Wayne Rooney

Rooney relies on passion as a catalyst for his performances. Leading from the front, he remains England’s most potent threat, the man they turn to for inspiration to win games.

Ignore his two game ban for lashing out in England’s final Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, which rules him out of much of England’s group games in Poland and Ukraine. He is the natural long-term successor to John Terry.

Rooney is the ultimate English lion, even more so than Terry, with the added bonus of being the most naturally gifted footballer of his generation.

In the 1-0 friendly victory against Spain last year England learned that their traditional strengths– bloody mindedness, determination and, whisper it quietly, passion - were not dirty words with no place in modern football but something to build upon ahead of the European Championships and the next World Cup in 2014.

The win against the reigning world champions was the reward for England’s belligerence and work ethic – and there is no better man to lead by example, display those very qualities, and captain England than Rooney.

Nick Howson - Frank Lampard

There's no doubt many of the current England set-up have the experience and the desire required to replace John Terry as international captain.

However, if we agree that the unsavoury allegations surrounding the Chelsea skipper make him unfit to lead his country, it's only right that we replace him with someone whose record represents a player who's worthy of the armband.

While the likes of Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney have fielded a number of incidents on and off the pitch, the name of Frank Lampard has never once been dragged through the mud.

It would be remiss of The Football Association, and hypocritical of Fabio Capello, to appoint either of the aforementioned pair, leaving Lampard the best equipped to lead from the front.

With Jack Wilshere likely to miss the European Championships, the Blues midfielder is a must in the England midfield alongside Scott Parker.

His temperament from the penalty spot proves he's got the metality to take on the responsibility, plus his unerring fitness means Capello won't be forced into rotating the position, something that could come with selecting Scott Parker.

In Lampard I trust.

Paul Bailey - Joe Hart

Joe Hart is by far and away the most consistent English player this season, and his form for both club and country means he will be a mainstay in the Three Lions set-up for many years to come.

The Manchester City stopper has been pivotal in his side's title challenge this year, turning in a number of match-winning performances, and the 24-year-old has shown leadership qualities in abundance.

Hart is a young, hungry and reliable professional, with a great desire to succeed. All these attributes make him the perfect successor to John Terry, not just for this summer's finals, but as a long-term England captain.

As the saying goes, success breeds confidence, and if Manchester City go on to claim the Premier League title this season, what better person to lead out our country at Euro 2012.

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