Chelsea legend explains why England should not make Wilshere captain

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Arsenal academy product should NOT skipper his country, argues Ray Wilkins, who believes Manchester United, Chelsea and City stars lead the queue.

In order to captain the England national football team, a player must have a settled off-the-field lifestyle and be a "pretty stand-up person", opines former Chelsea player and manager Ray Wilkins, which effectively eliminates Arsenal academy product Jack Wilshere who was recently photographed taking a drag on a cigarette at a private party.

“A lot of the stuff off the field has to be handled in the right way,” Wilkins said, as per Sky Sports News. “To be England captain you’ve got to be a pretty stand-up person.

“As good and as talented as Jack is, I don’t know whether he’s going to be a starter at Arsenal this year with the players they have. And there’s a number of players on that list, as well, that find themselves in a very similar situation.”

A bit-part player for England of late, Wilshere may receive more pitch-time in Steven Gerrard's absence as he could partner Jordan Henderson, however, with Wilkins believing players like Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Flamini, Abou Diaby, Mesut Ozil, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky could limit Wilshere's game-time in North London, the armband could be handed to a player more likely to be a first-team mainstay at club-level.

Which brings in candidates like Gary Cahill, Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney.

“Rooney, Cahill and Hart would be the only three that could actually guarantee their places in the England side. They have to be the top three candidates [but Rooney] is the standout candidate, I think the bookies have got it spot on," he concluded.

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