England stalwart Steven Gerrard has been a tremendous servant to his country and an inspirational figure since being officially handed the captain's armband on a permanent basis by manager Roy Hodgson in May 2012.
But, at 33-years-old, Gerrard is unquestionably approaching the twilight of his career and he has today given his strongest hint yet that the current qualifying campaign may well be his last in a Three Lions shirt.
So, if Liverpool legend Gerrard was indeed to vacate the role in 2014, just who could be in line to replace him at a time when the national team embarks upon a period of uncertain transition?
GMS contributor Geroge Flood looks at five potential candidates who could be considered realistic contenders to succeed Gerrard as England skipper...
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