Does anyone want Steve McClaren’s views on how England should be run by the new head coach Fabio Capello? Answer: the News of the World. ESPN Soccernet reports that the former England coach, who was sacked immediately after he failed to secure England a berth in the Euro 2008 finals, has called for Capello to keep Chelsea defender and skipper John Terry as the captain of the Englan national team.
McClaren is quoted in the British tabloid as saying:
The bottom line is that Steven Gerrard doesn’t need to be England captain, but you get an extra 10% from JT if he’s in charge. I’m not saying John is less of a player when he’s not captain but, since he was a kid, he’s been used to being a leader on the pitch. Stevie is similar to (David) Beckham in that he leads by what he does on the pitch. John is totally different. He gives orders, he organises people and he’ll put his body on the line every time.
Terry was made the captain of his club Chelsea by Claudio Ranieri and Jose Mourinho stuck with him. So this does seem a valid point, Mr. McClaren, but please spare us any more of your points on the subject of how England should proceed under Capello.