Sometimes the significance of a captain for a football team is underplayed but no such doubt persists in the England national coach Fabio Capello’s mind. He has underlined selecting a captain for his national team as the foremost task that he has to perform and isn’t finding it quite easy at all.
Sky Sports has reported Capello as saying that he is not sure whom he will hand the captain’s armband when England play Switzerland in a friendly in February. Captain John Terry is injured at the moment and in all likelihood will miss that Swiss encounter.
So who is the favorite for that match? Capello says:
The captaincy is a very important decision. There are many things I have to evaluate and I must come up with a choice that is right. A captain must be a leader, someone who carries the team, somebody that, in every moment, is important for the team. I am still deciding whether to pick a definitive captain or a provisional one. First, I need to know all the candidates well because it is such an important choice.
Pretty much coy, Don Capello. Well, who would you want to be the England captain? Terry is not a bad one, is he? Could David Beckham be given the captain’s role against Switzerland? It will be his 100th international match for England and Becksie would certainly like to celebrate that in style. Or would you like to go with Steven Gerrard? He was the main competitor to John Terry for the captain’s role when Steve McClaren took over after all.