England captain to be announced shortly

Posted on by SoccerPunter

England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce delayed naming his captain for Wednesday’s international friendly against the Netherlands but revealed he had already decided who would lead the team at Wembley.

With John Terry stripped of the captaincy, speculation has mounted over who Pearce would select to skipper England in Wednesday’s high-profile international against the Dutch.

But Pearce – managing England following the shock resignation of Fabio Capello – ensured the speculation would rage for another day on Tuesday after refusing to divulge which player would wear the armband.

“The captain will be announced tomorrow when the team is announced tomorrow morning. It’s a format that I have followed at club level and under-21 level and I didn’t see it necessary to change it at this moment in time,” Pearce said.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who led England at the 2010 World Cup, is regarded as the front-runner for the position although Pearce insisted he had considered “several candidates” for the role.

Pearce, who has declared himself available to manage England at this summer’s European Championships if a permanent successor to Capello is not found, said he wanted an “unselfish” player to captain the side.

“When I bear in mind it might be a one-off scenario, the captain has got to be somebody who is in the starting XI, somebody who’s got the respect of the other players in my eyes and someone who is unselfish and puts the group above himself,” Pearce said. “That’s a vital commodity as captain.

“There is no doubt there are several candidates, but I made my mind up a week or two weeks ago.”

Pearce said the captain would be revealed when the squad were informed of the starting XI for the Dutch game on Wednesday morning. “At 10:00am I would think we’ll have a meeting before we go out and train,” Pearce said.

Pearce meanwhile encouraged the younger members of his squad to stake a claim for a place in the final Euro 2012 squad in the absence of strikers Wayne Rooney and Darren Bent, who withdrew through illness and injury over the weekend.

“We’re in the home run for the (European) Championships in the summer and we have to find out about one or two in and around the squad and it’s a great opportunity to find that out, playing against one of the favourites for the tournament,” Pearce said.

With Bent and Rooney missing, England will have to perm a forward line from three strikers — Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Fraizer Campbell — who have yet to start an international.

Pearce is adamant that the untested strikers can seize their opportunity to shine. “It’s a fantastic opportunity, that’s how we see it,” he said.

“I think they will acquit themselves very, very well and we’re looking forward to it. Some will stake a claim for the summer, I hope the majority will.”

But England will have to do without Glen Johnson after the Liverpool defender’s withdrawal Tuesday saw him become the fifth player to pull out of the squad after Rooney, Bent, Tom Cleverley and Kyle Walker.

Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott was called up in Johnson’s place.

Pearce meanwhile revealed he had received a good luck message from Capello ahead of Wednesday’s game.

“I spoke with Fabio a few days ago to thank him for everything he’s done for me, and I received a text from him on Monday morning wishing me all the best for the game on Wednesday, which I replied to,” he said.

Be the first to comment:

Write a detailed comment of at least 350 characters to earn a reward point.
Results and Fixtures

Top Soccer Tipsters
Today Predictions in Tipsters Competition
Unknown frankboobier posts a Correct Score tip on Junior vs River Plate
4 minutes ago
Unknown frankboobier posts a Exact Total Goals tip on Junior vs River Plate
4 minutes ago
Unknown frankboobier posts a Correct Score tip on Fluminense vs Santa Fe
4 minutes ago
Unknown frankboobier posts a Exact Total Goals tip on Fluminense vs Santa Fe
4 minutes ago
Unknown frankboobier posts a Exact Total Goals tip on Deportivo La Guaira vs Cerro Porteño
5 minutes ago
Unknown toilet posts a In-Play Asian Handicap tip on FAR Rabat vs Maghreb Fès
16 minutes ago
Unknown toilet posts a In-Play Asian Handicap tip on FAR Rabat vs Maghreb Fès
16 minutes ago
Unknown toilet posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Raja Casablanca vs FUS Rabat
17 minutes ago
Unknown toilet posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Raja Casablanca vs FUS Rabat
17 minutes ago
Unknown maxsoldiers posts a Over / Under tip on RKC Waalwijk vs FC Twente
23 minutes ago
Superior H2H Statistics
H2H Home Team Advantage
H2H Away Team Advantage
Top Football Clubs
Worst Football Clubs
Top Draw Teams
Teams Home Win 100%
Good Home Teams
Poor Away Teams
Platinum Membership Testimonial

Top Singles Tipsters
In-Form Tipsters
Out of Form Tipsters
Tipsters Competition
Tipsters Competition Review
Membership
Soccer Predictions
Soccer Tips
 

Be a fan of our Twitter and Facebook Page
Soccer Analysis
Arbitrage

Arbitrage Picks

Arbitrage is an effective way to make guaranteed profits without losing your money.

Soccer Statistics H2H

Soccer Statistics

Analyze soccer matches, inclusive of past results, head to head stats, today match fixtures, live soccer odds, players and team form.

Livescore

Livescore

Check the latest and fastest live score results for all football matches. Know who are the goalscorers, yellow card and red card offenders.

Soccer Bet Help
Pick a Country or Region

Get the listings of soccer leagues and competitions for each region, including past seasons results and football statistics.

Match Preview and News

Copyright © 2002-2020 SoccerPunter Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.