Stuart Pearce is right to hand England captaincy to Scott Parker
Sharethematch.com looks at Stuart Pearce's decision to appoint Scott Parker as captain and Wayne Rooney's absence
Scott Parker the right choice
Scott Parker has been named England captain for Wednesday’s friendly with the Netherlands, and after a few questionable squad selections it’s good to see Stuart Pearce get this decision spot on.
The importance of the captaincy has been blown out of proportion in this country while some have suggested it doesn’t even matter.
The fact is, there will always be significance attached to the role regardless so it’s good to see someone who’s guaranteed to be committed and stay away from controversy being handed the armband.
After the circuses surrounding the captaincies of David Beckham and John Terry for one reason or another, it’s good to see Pearce going for the no-frills option.
Parker has his detractors – many think he is an overrated media darling – but they can’t deny he’s been excellent in an England shirt since his return to the national setup.
The Tottenham midfielder was voted England Player of the Year by the fans only yesterday, seeing off competition from the likes of Joe Hart and Ashley Young after some sterling displays in Euro 2012 qualification and in particular the friendly with Spain.
While it’s a fairly hollow award given the general performance of the team on the road to Poland and Ukraine that saw us limp over the finish line, the accolade is an indication of Parker’s current integral standing in the national side.
Wayne Rooney’s absence a blow
Darren Bent’s withdrawal from the England squad is a blow – but not nearly as much as that of Wayne Rooney.
Not because it weakens England for the clash with the Dutch, but because when it comes to England’s third European group game against Ukraine, Rooney could be making his first international start for more than eight months.
The Manchester United striker has not worn an England shirt since his sending off against Montenegro in November and as he’s going to be absent from Wembley, he has two chances left before the European Championships kick off.
But England visit Norway just 16 days before their Euro 2012 opener and host Belgium a week later – it’s fair to say whoever is in the hot-seat will want to use players available to him to face France on June 11.
As a result, Rooney will not only be fatigued with a full Premier League season under his belt but devoid of any international football for three-quarters of a year.