As I am sure you are all well aware, John Terry has recently been stripped of his England captaincy, a decision that he will not have taken lightly, but the question poses, were the FA right to
As I am sure you are all well aware, John Terry has recently been stripped of his England captaincy, a decision that he will not have taken lightly, but the question poses, were the FA right to do this?
We saw how they dealt rather quickly and authoritatively with the Suarez-Evra debacle, yet they have seemed to be quite reluctant to deal with John Terry. Whether you aren’t the biggest advocate of Mr Terry or you are his biggest fan, the facts are there for all to see on what he said.
Personally, I believe he should have been dealt with in the exact manner as Luis Suarez was and given the exact same punishment, however, it could be argued that his England captaincy preceded him before his potential punishment. This has, quite understandably, left many football fans once again disillusioned with the FA and its decision making. Amid the recent trial arrangements for his case, fans have been enraged further as it seems that his case isn’t being taken as seriously as that of Luis Suarez.
Now cue the recent decision by the FA to strip Terry of his captaincy. They have made the case even more farcical than it once was, undermined Fabio Capello’s authority causing him to pick up his ball and leave. They’ve simply just dragged out an ordeal that really should have been put to bed a long while ago. Rio Ferdinand has stressed via Twitter that he does not want the captaincy, and who can blame him after the last time he was given the responsibility. The door has been now been widely left open for a new captain, and possibly a new era for English football. So who do I think are his possible successors?
Scott Parker has enraptured the English faithful and is everything that we want to see in our players – passion, determination and a real sense of pride when putting that England shirt on. Some people question whether he would be a regular starter in the England side, however I think it’s a no brainer on his current form and would be a perfect captain. But, how much of a future does he have with England?
Jack Wilshere is another player widely tipped to take the armband. He has been unfortunate with injury recently but there is no doubt about his ability and potential. I believe he would be a great replacement, if fit, as he has a huge future as an international player and has already lead by example at such a young age.
Joe Hart is another young player who again has a great future as an England player. Not necessarily the most obvious of choices, yet I think he will be the cornerstone of England teams to come and I can’t really see anyone that will take that number 1 jersey away from him. In my eyes, a regular starter for England and a bit of stability is what we need.
There are other obvious suggestions like Steven Gerrard and possibly the likes of Phil Jones, but whatever the decision, lets hope it is someone that can lead us through the Euro’s with courage and class, and who knows, maybe even to glory!