Rooney The 'Obvious Choice'
Steven Gerrard's decision, as expected in many ways really, to retire from international football leaves a couple of voids fill.
With all due respect to Gerrard, who is - and has been - a cracking footballer over the years, I feel that his replacement on a footballing sense for England will be a relatively easy one in many ways as we have a good amount of midfield options available to us now, many of whom could continue to flourish given an opportunity presented by Gerrard's international retirement.
I like Gerrard, I felt that he sometimes got an unfair press, but when all is said and done - and by his own admission too - he never really, definitely on a consistent basis, produced the world-class form so often seen for Liverpool when in an England shirt though.
His captaincy of England could be harder to replace though?
Well known, liked and respect among his piers, Gerrard is captain material and has been the long-term captain of Liverpool at club level, making the transition to England level permanently a couple of years ago having filled in on plenty of occasions in the past.
Finding someone with those qualities will be hard to be honest.
The so-called 'obvious choice' is Wayne Rooney but I for one really hope that Roy Hodgson makes a braver, and potentially longer-term appointment, by looking elsewhere.
I am not convinced that Rooney is captain material, on a regular basis anyway, and also feel that with his performances on the international stage sometimes questioned is he really the right man going forward?
Gary Cahill, despite being part of a poor defence, is starting to flourish at international level and is likely to be one half of a regular central defensive pair for some years to come and would be a good appointment for me, one that I would welcome.
In all honesty I am not sure that too many are 'leaping out' as options, but think I prefer the Chelsea man to the likes of Rooney and the also mentioned Joe Hart at this stage.
Will Hodgson 'spring a surprise by overlooking Rooney?'
I would hope so but will not be holding my breath to be honest...
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