March 15th, 2011
Armband Antics: The England Captaincy Issue
Someone looking over your shoulder, Rio? Image: Reuters/Daylife
The ongoing saga of the England captaincy ish took another exciting turn this week. For those of you who have been focussing on matters you find more interesting (such as erosion in action, paint drying and Robbie Savage’s career after football), the deal is that current incumbent Rio Ferdinand has been poorly sick for most of his tenure and consequently the armband is being passed around like a bottle of Cristal at a Kickette brainstorming session.
Rumour has it that Fabio Capello (left) was particularly unhappy during England’s friendly with Denmark when the armband ended up making the journey between Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry before ending up with Ashley Cole. We actually have no problem with this, having frequently wondered whether firearms might be the threat
needed to get England players motivated on the pitch, but Fabs isn’t down with it. Apparently, he intends to return the armband to the man he controversially stripped of it some eighteen months ago, John Terry.
What do you think, Kickettes? Has this whole farrago devalued the captaincy? Does the captaincy matter a damn when a team so consistently fails to live up to its potential? And was it right that Terry’s alleged off-the-pitch behaviour led to the stripping of the armband in the first place?