John Terry has been handed the Captain’s armband once more by Fabio Capello but this time on a permanent basis. Terry was England’s skipped under Steve McLaren leading England to a 3-0 thrashing of Russia at Wembley and also scoring a critical goal in a near famous victory over Brazil to open the new Wembley. International football is in many ways more about grit and organization than club football. In that way Terry is a near obvious choice to lead England.
England play the Czech Republic on Wednesday in the final tune up before the start of UEFA World Cup Qualifying.Given the recent troubles for Latin American powers Brazil and Argentina, as well as struggles from Germany, Italy and France, South Africa 2010 represents a real opportunity for England to rightfully reclaim the World Cup title. Entering this World Cup cycle it can be argued that England has more talent than any other national team on the planet: the problem is due to the Premier League’s global nature and new found de-emphasis on player development, England’s window is shutting rather quickly. 2010 may represent the best shot in the near future for an England title. Fans of the beautiful game around the globe should cheer the possibility of the World Cup coming home in 2010.
What affect will the decision to name Terry skipper have on the England side? Both potential choices, Terry and Rio Ferdinand have the quality and leadership skills necessary to captain a top international side and is the case often national team manager like to hand the armband to a center back or even a goalkeeper. For example in my region the two massive national teams, the United States and Mexico both have center backs skipper the sides. Brazil’s run under Dunga’s captaincy is legendary and even now in club football you are seeing more and more center backs become captains. The choice is solid: either way Capello could not lose. Now if the rest of England’s side can get squared away we may all have reason to celebrate come 2010.