Steve McLaren has to decide on who is the best to lead England. John Terry or Steven Gerrard. This after years of having someone like Becks who was invisible on the field and never was much of a captain. You can argue his utility as a player but I have a feeling that England has forgotten how valuable a captain can be. England’s best captain; Bobby Moore, in 1966, the last time they won the World Cup.
Steven Gerrard: The best English midfielder and possibly the best in the business. Even Jose Mourinho recognizes that. Gerrard has been outstanding and has scored in all four Cup finals that he has played in. None more so than the 2005 Champions final between AC and Liverpool. The greatest comeback with Liverpool down 3-0. Gerrard started it all with that great first goal. Liverpool beat AC on PKs. Then there was the FA Cup final this year in which West Ham found out that no lead is safe when there is a Gerrard on the field. Gerrard’s missile at the end of extra time was measured at approximately 70 miles an hour and it took a second to travel that distance. West Ham fell on PKs. He scored 2 goals in this World Cup where he victimized Shaka Hislop again when the T&T goalie looked like he was going to pull off another miracle draw all by himself. I don’t know how best to describe his character but unrelenting is a good start.
John Terry: The one player that Chelsea probably will hold onto for dear life. Chelsea has won two successive English titles with Terry at the helm. He is a tough, no nonsense guy, great tackler, and not afraid to have a go at goal too. His strength must be his extra-ordinary presence of mind. The football world cannot get enough of that goal line save that Terry pulled off when Stern John’s header was all but in. Terry was the only English player to make the FIFA World Cup team. One of the matches I saw was the Chelsea vs West Ham game this year in which Maniche was sent off and Chelsea were down by a goal within the first 10 minutes. Terry marshalled his players and had Drogba coming back all the way on defence. By the time the match was over, the Hammers were on life support. John Terry has a blue collar mentality in a team built on oil money.
John Terry or Steven Gerrard as captain? England will be well served with both. The problem is we can only pick one.