Will Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker remain as England captain?

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard was the other strong candidate for the honour; will a new manager continue to back Parker?

Wednesday night showed England what capabilities Parker has. He always keeps the ball moving with his simple passes and showed his great defensive skills too.

However, there was much controversy surrounding the game last night after he was named captain ahead of the highly capped Steven Gerrard, who has played for England 90 times and scored 19 goals. Parker has only played for our nation 11 times.

This huge contrast in appearances is surely enough to question the reasoning behind this puzzling decision.

Well, Scott Parker won the England Player of the Year 2011 due to a series of performances which displayed passion over the past season.

This tremendous form was consolidated by 70 per cent of his England caps at the end of December 2011, taking place in that year. Not only this but he has received nine individual trophies in as many years.

Arguably, his most prestigious was the Football Writers' Association award he won in 2010-2011, following in the footsteps of players such as George Best, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

Also, he was the first ever player to the win the award whilst still being with West Ham.

Transfer News Central, who are a Facebook page and run a Twitter account, found that 47 per cent of 200 people asked wanted Gerrard to be England captain with only 28 per cent backing Scott Parker.

However, between 2002 and 2010, Gerrard picked up injuries 28 times. This is the equivalent of an injury every 117 days. With some of his most recent injuries putting him on the sidelines for as long as six months, is it a risk to take him to the Euro's as captain?

Personally, I feel that Parker is the ideal captain. He is respected by players on and off the pitch, works hard constantly throughout the game, and has not attracted attention to himself due to off the field antics, unlike his team-mates.

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