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Stuart Pearce Picks England Captain In His Own Image

The FA announced this morning that caretaker manager Stuart Pearce has named Scott Parker as captain of England for tonight’s friendly against Netherlands at Wembley (live on FOX Soccer at 3pm ET).

It’s fitting that Parker was named by Pearce. Parker personifies everything about Pearce’s qualities as a footballer. Pearce was the type of footballer who played with pride for his country, always gave 100% and sometimes sacrificed his body to fly into challenges to either block shots or commit necessary tackles. He was England through and through. Someone who would have done anything for his country. Someone you can believe in.

Parker fits the same role. There’s no doubt that Parker is a quality player who takes tremendous pride playing for his nation. He’s the type of man who will rise to the occasion of being an England captain, even if it’s just for a friendly. If a fellow teammate isn’t giving his all for his country, Parker is the type of person who would give him an earful of abuse. Playing such an important role in the centre of midfield, as a defensive midfielder, Parker is perfectly positioned to have a major impact on any game that England plays. And he will make the team rise to the occasion.

Parker is not a popular decision, by any means. Club patriotism gets in the way of pragmatism when it comes to picking an England captain. Liverpool supporters will argue that Steven Gerrard should be captain (even though the midfielder has said that he has debated retiring from England international duty after Euro 2012). Manchester United supporters will argue that Wayne Rooney should wear the armband. Joe Hart is the pick of many Manchester City supporters. Chelsea fans want Ashley Cole picked. And so on, and so forth. But what we sometimes forget is that the England captain should be for the good of England, not for the good of our clubs. Scott Parker is the perfect person to step into the captain’s shoes tonight. He’s a born leader who will do England proud.

Best of luck to you, Scott Parker.

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  1. Gaz

    March 1, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I liked Pearce’s decisions, but I think they played a little too slow in the build-up for an England side.

    I still think ‘Arry brings a bit more experience to the side, plus you won’t find much slow about his sides.

  2. Lyle

    February 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I hope England keep Pearce. He’s the right guy for England I think. Harry should stick it out at Spurs. When the whole of football illiterate English punditry is wanting Harry… that’s the guy who shouldn’t get the job.

    Let a man who actually gives a hoot and ain’t some bimbo of a manager handle the job… and that man is Stuart “Psycho” Pearce.

    Not a bad first game for a young England side against the top notch Dutch side.

  3. Smokey Bacon

    February 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Good original choice for captain, good team selection, nice use of subs. In my opinion, Pearce had a good night despite all that negative crap by Stewart Robson who is a terrible commentator. Give Pearce the Euros because Tottenham will never let ‘Arry walk before the season is over.

  4. Tony

    February 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I like Parker but he’s not exactly in Pearce’s image. Pearce was a polo shirt wearing guy from the rough part of town. Parker is a throwback with his hair, style and approach.

    Cole doesn’t want to be Captain, Rooney is not available for the game so was not a choice. It really came down to Hart, Gerrard and Parker. Parkers red at the weekend slightly muddens it.

    In the end it doesn’t matter at all. The Euro’s manager will make the decision for that and afterwards we’ll get a long term captain. I do agree it’s a little bit of a snub to Gerrard but maybe he’s not going to play after Sunday’s excitement.

  5. Nick

    February 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    No way, I’m a United supporter and still think Parker is the best pick for England captain, he gives it his all, he’s proud and optimistic, he’s not cynical or disspirited the way Gerrard, Terry, and Ferdinand have looked in the past and he’s just all around one of the good guys. Gerrard was a good pick for Captain but it came too late and he’s now plagued with injury problems, we can’t rely on him. Rooney may’ve put a bid in but he’s still too unstable to lead England. I totally am down with this pick.

  6. FCAsheville

    February 29, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Even as a Liverpool fan I can agree Pearce needed to pick a different captain for no other reason than ‘it needed to be done’. Not because Gerrard isn’t deserving, but simply because he’s a new manager and he needs to make statements from Day 1.

  7. YankRed7

    February 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

    It should have been Gerrard. I know I may be biased but he deserves it at least through the Euros.

    • trickybrkn

      February 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      The referee would never understand him.

  8. scrumper

    February 29, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Totally agree, he thoroughly deserves it. England need a breath of fresh air from the “old guard”

    • trickybrkn

      February 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      I love Scott Parker, but calling him a breathe of fresh air is a major push. Parker has been part of the golden generation, he just retained form after a long string of injuries. You have to think back to when he was sold off to Chelsea, and then think what year was that? it was 2004 and the price £10 mil.

      • The Gaffer

        February 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm

        Scott Parker is, in my mind, a breath of fresh air. It doesn’t matter what year he was sold off to Chelsea, or what his transfer fee was. What matters is how he’s playing now, and whether he can rally the rest of the team. After watching today’s match, where he put his body on the line several times for England, he deserves another chance at the captaincy. This is one of the better games I’ve seen England play in quite some time, despite their faults and lack of concentration.

        The Gaffer

        • Lyle

          February 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm

          I agree with you. Pearce would be the smart selection to take England to the Euros, I think. Redknapp will have to deal with questions about Tottenham and taxes all summer long. It’ll be the typical English major tournament nonsense with Harry and ugly English football.

          Not selecting the jaded Gerrard is a brilliant decision.

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