And The New England Captain Is…

Stuart Pearce has revealed all.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Stuart Pearce has today finally revealed who will be the next England captain, with the captain's armband going to (drum roll, please) Scott Parker.

The Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder has been given the captains' armband, filling in the place of John Terry, whose captaincy was relinquished by the FA following the racism charges levelled at him by Anton Ferdinand. 

Parker was told the news early this morning after Pearce told the media at yesterdays press conference that he would be delaying the reveal until the day of England's friendly against Holland. Pearce said of the new captain: "The thing with Scotty, around any training camp, he's popular and bubbly. All the players enjoy his company and that's the impression I get being around him and coaching him.

"He's infectious in what he does on the football pitch and a real team player. In this day and age in football, where people talk about selfish individuals, I class Scott as a real throw-back to yesteryear when the team comes before Scott Parker.

"I think that's the biggest compliment I can pay to him. He thoroughly deserves every accolade he gets, that's for sure."

Giving Parker the captaincy is a popular move by Pearce, with the 31-year-old being the England Fans Player Of The Year 2011 ahead of Joe Hart, who many had speculated would be strapping on the armband today.

Speaking of his new role in the national squad, Parker said: It's a great honour for me. Just looking at the past names that are on it, it's quite an achievement.

"It's a proud moment for me and I'm really, really happy. Like anything, when the fans appreciate what you are doing, it's extra special.

Parker has won ten caps since his debut in November 2003 and featured in seven of England's nine games in 2011. After a solid performance against Denmark last year after coming off the bench for his fourth cap he moved into Capello's starting squad.