Stuart Pearce delays captaincy call

Pearce Under-21 England managerInterim England manager Stuart Pearce has delayed naming his captain for the nation’s international friendly with Netherlands, and will reveal who is to wear the skipper’s armband along with the team on Wednesday morning.

With John Terry at the centre of a race row with Anton Ferdinand and set to make a court appearance in July, the FA stripped the Chelsea man of the captaincy but a replacement has yet to be named.

The likes of Joe Hart, Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker have been mentioned in the media, but Pearce has seen no reason to name the successful candidate before the starting XI is revealed.

“The captain will be announced tomorrow when the team is announced tomorrow morning,” Pearce stated in a press conference, published in Sky Sports.

“It is a format that I followed at club level and Under 21 level. It is a format that I don’t deem necessary to change at this moment in time.

“I think somebody who will be in the starting XI, somebody that has got respect of the other players in my eyes and somebody that I deem as unselfish and puts the group before himself. I think that is a vital commodity for any captain.”

“There is no doubt there are several candidates, but I made my mind up a week or two weeks ago who I felt might fit the bill.

“It has got to be someone I am comfortable working with,” he concluded.

Meanwhile Glen Johnson has also pulled out of the game against Bert van Marwijk’s men, and has been replaced in the squad by Joleon Lescott.

By Gareth McKnight