- Damian Kingsbury
- I'm a Sport Scientist and Sport Science Lecturer in the UK, and have a passion for all things related to sport! Whether it's the most recent results, controversies that rock the world of Sport or simply the latest news, you'll find my views and opinions about them here. All views and opinions are mine, and not my employers!...
Saturday, 23 June 2012
I feel compelled, having read a number of articles recently about the decision by Stuart Pearce to select Scott Parker as his captain, to comment in this blog. As recently as this evening (
that Pearce, one of the proudest and most patriotic of former England internationals, selected Parker because the player had a good chance of completing 90 minutes and the caretaker manager didn't want to create an armband 'merry-go-round' that had become prevalent in previous England international friendlies.
Gerrard had just come back from injury, had played 120 minutes against Cardiff at Wembley that weekend (in the Carling Cup Final) and Pearce knew that the chances of the player completing 90 minutes was somewhere between slim and none. Indeed, given Gerrard's recent injury record, it would have been surprising for the player to have been given more than 45 minutes anyway (he actually managed 33 minutes before being replaced by Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge).
In my opinion, the decision wasn't based on form or leadership qualities. I have no doubt that Parker possesses excellent leadership skills and, given his form at the time, was a 'shoe in' to play against the Dutch in the centre of midfield but to suggest that he was a better candidate to captain the national side is pure silliness.
Steven Gerrard is, as he has demonstrated unequivocally in the past two weeks, the most gifted midfielder of his generation. Granted, his performances are arguably a shadow of his lung-busting performances for Liverpool (who will ever forget his almost single-handed rejuvenation of his side in the 2005 Champions League Final against AC Milan), but to suggest that Roy Hodgson would consider any other member of his squad to be captain? Not in my lifetime!