Andy Gray column: No England players are guaranteed Euro spot

Sharethematch.com ambassador Andy Gray takes a look at Stuart Pearce's decision to give Scott Parker the England armband

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Stuart Pearce picked Scott Parker as England's captain for Wednesday's friendly A Osuide, via Wikimedia

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I thought Stuart Pearce’s decision to give Scott Parker the England armband was fair enough – and it was based around the fact that he would be guaranteed to play 90 minutes.

Pearce, as a passionate Englishman, would have seen games where the armband has been passed about three or four times when the captains are taken off.

I think he would be very conscious of the fact that Parker would be playing the full match due to his suspension in the Premier League, whereas Steven Gerrard wouldn’t.

Personally, I’d like someone with a bit more experience as captain and by making him skipper, you’re saying, ‘you are going to be in my team every time’.

Looking ahead to the Euros, I don’t know who will be guaranteed a place in the side. At the moment, England don’t have many players who are guaranteed to start every game. Yes, Parker will probably play to start with but will he continue to play?

I don’t think anyone jumps off the page and says you have to pick me. I’m guessing only the player who will definitely play every game is Joe Hart.

I think English people make too much of the captaincy and I think they give too much importance to it than is necessary. If Parker is captain, that will be a fine appointment, if it is Joe Hart, that would be fine as well, if Rio Ferdinand is back in the squad, he could be in line.

No way Jose

Jose Mourinho he could leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, of course, but I don’t think there is a big enough job on earth that would tempt him away.

Much like a lot of stories in football, it is very easy for fans to see that Mourinho is buying a property in London and assume that he is coming back to Chelsea.

It makes easy headlines. Mourinho has told everyone exactly what he is doing – he loves London and always has loved the city.

So he has come over to London because he had a few days off to look at a couple of properties here with a view to buying them.

As for joining another club, if Real Madrid want him next year, I don’t think there is a big enough job that could persuade him to leave them.

I don’t know if Tottenham is big enough for him. I don’t know if there is enough money there for him to spend.

True, Daniel Levy has spent a fair bit there but whether he would be prepared to spend a huge chunk more, which I am sure Mourinho would want, I’m not so sure.

Unless a major club comes up then I really don’t see Mourinho leaving Real Madrid.

Roman Abramovich and Mourinho are still friends but I am always wary of someone going back to somewhere where they were a huge success before.

He was a massive success at Chelsea but the circumstances are different. He might not have the money to invest from the owner that he did first time round.

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