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Terry Retains England Captaincy

England manager Fabio Capello talks to his players during a team training session in London Colney

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.

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  1. Lonnie

    August 20, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    England do not have the best talent pool in the world or Europe. I’d rank the first XIs of Italy and Spain ahead of them, possibly Germany and France as well. That said, they should qualify for the next World Cup and really should have done better in Euro qualifying.

    The import obsessed Premier League is doing harm to the English national talent pool but the Premier League’s business is not making the England national team better. It’s business is to generate cash for the owners. With increased foreign ownership, the strength of the national team is of even less concern.

    The problems in the English setup are many and complex. For example, just one of the problems is that teams are hamstrung in recruiting English players because of the ‘local lad’ rules that were put in place. The rule states that the club cannot recruit a youth player who lives more than an hour away from the academy.

    That’s just one of the problems. There are many others that have been discussed and dissected ad nauseum 🙂

  2. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    August 19, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    You may laugh but MLS is a totally different animal. It’s not really proper football which is why even the best foreign players have trouble while some weak footballers dominate.

    Some players of great quality flop here because of the extensive travel, altitude and poor training facilities. Others who couldn’t even excel at the conference level dominate. You really can never tell with MLS, quite honestly.

  3. Django

    August 19, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    But how effective would Gerrard be in MLS?

  4. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    August 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Michael you had me until the Gerrard argument. Some guys are simply better club footballers than internationals or vise versa. (Here in the states we have a whole bunch of guys who play better with the national team than with their club sides)

    Gerrard, I believe is not even deserving of a place in England’s starting XI. He doesn’t have the quality an attacking midfielder in the international game must have to hold the ball and play with his back to goal. He does not embrace playing out wide where Beckham is anyway. I know this will be wildly controversial and probably make people angrier at me than the initial post but I’d take Lampard in the international game anyday or the week over Gerrard. I even question if Gerrard would be an effective player in Serie A or La Liga: he lacks the basic qualities to play in anything but a distinctly English system. Lampard is a footballer who can excel in a cosmopolitan setup and is better bet for England long term.

    The captain should be a center back or keeper. If not Terry, Ferdinand was the obvious choice not Gerrard.

  5. Michael

    August 19, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Hate to say it, Kartik, but I’m with Django on this one. Terry isn’t exactly a model citizen and he’s lost it a little bit on the field as well. As Django said, Terry had his chance as captain in Euro 2008 qualifying, and look what he did with it. He’s also hurt way too often.

    The captain should be Steven Gerrard, England’s best two-way player. I can’t count how many times he’s put Liverpool on his shoulders and carried them by himself to victory. He stays out of trouble off the field, unlike Terry, and also unlike Terry, he’s still a top notch player on the field. He’s the heart and soul of his club, and you can see it by the way he conducts himself.

  6. Django

    August 19, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Are you drunk? Possibly from a binge-drinking session with John Terry? Focusing on two matches–one win, one draw–as evidence of his leadership is shallow…and as Arse pointed out above, the argument of problems arising from globalization of the Premier League is a dead horse. England’s national team is one loaded with nearly all club first-teamers who play domestically except Beckham. You ask the question “What affect will the decision to name John Terry as captain have?” as if he hasn’t already led England in a failed Euro qualifying campaign. Heap the blame on McLaren if you want, but Terry’s slate isn’t clean. Add in the poor form in Terry’s personal life–i.e. drunkenly mocking Americans post 9/11, parking in handicap spots (ironically linked in the “Related Posts” of this article), drunken brawls, pissing on the floor of bars–and it doesn’t reflect an ideal captain. His commitment to club and country is obviously strong, but his commitment to leading the type of lifestyle that a captaincy demands is lacking. Poor choice for England’s captain and weak argument about his merits.

  7. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    August 19, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    It’s a matter of opinion. I co-host a twice weekly show with an ESPN personality who believes the US has the best talent in the world but is hamstrung by bad tactics. I disagree with him, but wouldn’t make the statement you made.

    Do you care to argue with me on this issue? I’d love to have the discussion. In my mind England’s talent level is far beyond anyone else. The problem is lack of tactical flexibility among England players, and the inability for the English to maintain good possession in the midfield. This could be solved with the type of players England has currently. Now your view may be correct, but that again is an opinion. What nations do you believe have more talent than England? Argentina and Brazil obviously can be argued, but honestly does any European nation really have better talent than England? Sure, many have deeper pools but at the very top England’s talent I would submit is the best in UEFA.

  8. The_Arse

    August 19, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    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.

    I would like to hear someone really try and make this argument because it’s an absolute load of rubbish.

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