Gareth Barry Named As England Captain for Ghana Friendly

Eastlands star will lead his nation out at Wembley.

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry will lead the England team out against Ghana on Tuesday night as he has been given the armband by manager Fabio Capello.

The 30-year-old will take over the captaincy role from John Terry who was released from the squad yesterday to rest before the upcoming Champions League games.

This will be the first time in in 45 caps the playwer will captain his counrty from the start of the game but he has been handed the armband once another skipper had been substituted.

“Barry will be captain,” Capello said. “He’s a really good player, a really good captain – and also he is the player with the most caps.”

There are expected to be major changes from the side that defeated Wales 2-0 in Cardiff last weekend for the visit of African giants Ghana.

Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill and Andy Carroll will all start replacing the released Terry, Michael Dawson and Wayne Rooney.

There are minor injury concerns over Scott Parker but there is a good chance he could play after impressing in the win at the Millennium Stadium.

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