Is Scott Parker the Right Man to Lead England?

Posted by Andy Turner on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Under: Football
After what seemed like weeks of deliberations, at lunchtime it was announced that Scott Parker is the man to lead England in tonight’s International friendly against Holland. Although it is only a friendly, could this be the first step in seeing Parker being given the permanent role and leading England into Euro 2012?
Without a doubt Parker seems to have the respect of all his fellow professionals, he leaves nothing out on the pitch giving 100% for Tottenham since joining from West Ham in the Summer.  Under Avram Grant’s acrimonious reign for West Ham, according to Carlton Cole, Parker gave an inspirational team talk at half time whilst West Ham were 3-0 down against West Brom, to galvanise the side into producing a creditable 3-3 draw. Although this did not save the eventual relegation of the Upton Park club, Parker picked up the Football Writers Player of the year, not bad going for a player playing in a demoted side. Relegation would have almost certainly come a lot sooner had it not been for Parker. 
Having only started 6 England games since 2003, perhaps this was a shock choice by Stuart Pearce compared to the overwhelming favourite for the role by both England fans and the written media in Steven Gerrard.  With 89 caps and 19 goals for his country, you can’t question his ability as a player and a captain for his club winning numerous trophies including the 2005 Champions League final pulling his team some say single-handedly to an improbable victory.  Whilst he has achieved great feats for his club as captain, several England managers have not considered him for this role of permanent captain with Beckham, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and John Terry again taking the armband. People may feel he would play better for England without the added responsibility the armband offers, this could have been proven with the lacklustre performance of the entire England team in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in which due to an pre- tournament injury to Rio Ferdinand took over the captaincy.  That World Cup was a massive anti-climax so maybe a fresh face and a new start is what is required by England. For too long the senior players in the set-up have perceived to have too much power, an example of this was at the World Cup in 2010 when there were growing calls from several senior players for Joe Cole to start against Slovenia. Fabio Capello stuck to his guns and kept him on the bench.
With Harry Redknapp the overwhelming bookies favourite for the permanent England managers job, Stuart Pearce may have done ‘Arry a favour with giving Parker the captaincy. The Conspiracy theorists out there may feel Harry maybe had some influence over this decision meaning that he didn’t have to tell Gerrard or Hart, that they weren’t going to lead his revolution and his former player would be the man.  I think Parker can do the job, he is respected by players and importantly with the England captaincy, the media. Alan Curbishley said once about Parker ‘ he is the kind of player who'll never need a super-injunction’. Therefore he is perfect for the role and could be the man to end now 46 years of hurt for the three lions.

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