Euro 2012 - Parker to captain England at Wembley
Wed, 29 Feb 11:48:00 2012
Stuart Pearce refused to reveal his choice of player to take the armband during a press conference on Tuesday but met with the squad on Wednesday morning to announce his decision to the players.
While the Football Association is yet to officially confirm the news, the information has leaked out of the England camp and into the public domain.
Defender Kyle Walker, who withdrew from the squad earlier this week, wrote on Twitter: "Just want to say a massive congratulations to scott parker on been selected as captain for the game 2nyt"
Former England captain Rio Ferdinand tweeted: "Congrats to Scott Parker on being named captain for tonights game. A great honour + one I'm sure he'll cherish."
Parker is something of a surprise choice as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was the favourite to assume the armband following the FA's decision to strip John Terry of the honour at the start of February.
The governing body chose to stand down Terry following confirmation that his court appearance over a racially-aggravated public order offence had been delayed until after the Euro 2012 finals.
Parker, who has won 10 international caps, was on Monday named as England's Player of 2011 by supporters of the national side.
He made his international debut under Sven-Goran Eriksson in November 2003 before spending a long period out of the national picture.
However, the reigning Footballer of the Year fought his way into Fabio Capello's team last season and became an important figure for the Italian, prior to his resignation as manager.
The appointment of Parker is not a long-term measure given caretaker manager Pearce is only expected to take charge of the senior side for one game before a successor to Capello is found.
The news was not met with universal approval, though.
QPR midfielder Joey Barton, who has one international cap, tweeted: "Scott Parker ahead of Steven Gerrard.........I'm speechless. #whatafarce"
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