Who Will be the Next England Football Captain?Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Yesterday football fans everywhere were saddened (although not surprised) to hear that England Captain Steven Gerrard was stepping down from international football and therefore relinquishing his captaincy.
Gerrard’s decision comes on the back of England’s disappointing defeat at the Football World Cup 2014 in Brazil. As one of the senior members of a young team international team, Gerrard felt the time was the right time retire from the England team, although he plans to continue playing at club level.
In an official press conference with the FA, Steven Gerrard reflected on his time with the England football team, commenting “I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won’t pull on the England shirt again. This has been a very difficult decision, one of the toughest I’ve had to make in my career. I have agonised over this since coming back from Brazil and have spoken to family, friends and people close to me in the game before coming to this point.
“To ensure I can keep playing to a high level and giving everything to Liverpool Football Club, I believe this is the right decision and, having Champions League football back at Anfield is another big factor in my decision.”
Gerrard continued to thank his friends, family, fans and, in particular, England Football manager Roy Hodgson, commenting, “I’d especially like to thank Roy, firstly for giving me the captaincy permanently when he took the job, making me the proudest man in the country and allowing me to fulfil my childhood dream.
“He has been very understanding over the past few weeks and is a man I will always hold in the highest regard.”
Who Will Be The Next England Football Captain?
As sad as we are to see Gerrard step down, we’re also extremely excited to see who Hodgson might pick as his replacement. Obviously Hodgson and Neville were both keen on Gerrard staying on to lead the team through Euro 2016 qualifiers so finding a sound replacement, and fast, is now crucial to ensure any international success over the next two years at least.
There are several men up for the job:
Wayne Rooney – Rooney is currently one of the favourites to be Gerrard’s replacement. He’s been in the England football team for over a decade and has matured into a potentially solid leader. However, despite maintaining a reputation as a star striker, more often than not he tends to leave us feeling a little disappointed with his performance. Does he really have what it takes to inspire and lead England’s young squad?
Joe Hart – There have been calls as far back as 2012 backing Joe Hart for England football captain, but his wavering form at both international and club level leaves him as somewhat a question mark for the role. What’s more, his erratic temper might not lend itself to the role national football icon and role model, with Hodgson perhaps preferring someone with a calmer temperament to encourage and inspire the team, on the pitch and off.
Gary Cahill – Another early front-runner to replace old Stevie G is Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. Like Rooney, Cahill is just hitting that stage in his career where he has earned some more responsibility and where the position could push him to achieve greatness.
Other possible replacements for Steven Gerrard include Leighton Baines and Theo Walcott, although right now it is anyone’s guess who might take on the most prestigious role in English football.