Unbelievable ego from former Liverpool man.
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The LA Galaxy midfielder reveals how caretaker manager Stuart Pearce broke the news to him, and seems genuinely baffled at the decision.
This seems particularly harsh given Parker’s superb form and leadership for Tottenham at the time, as he looked for a spell like one of his country’s best players, albeit relatively briefly.
Gerrard writes: “There had been a lot of talk about who would be captain under Pearce and, when I arrived at the hotel, I thought that might have been his moment to say, ‘Can I have a word outside? or, ‘Could you come to my room for a chat?’
“The following morning, just before the squad left for training, Pearce pulled me into a toilet at The Grove. He said, ‘I just wanted to tell you face to face that I’m going to be picking Scott Parker to be the captain for this game.’
“Scott Parker is a good player and honest; I’ve got a lot of respect for Scott as a player and a person. But to pick Scott Parker as England captain ahead of me?”