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Wilshere, Rodwell, Smalling, Hart or Rooney?

Fabio Capello has earmarked Jack Wilshere as a future England captain and claims he is the most exciting young midfield talent he has ever seen; “He will be England captain one day,” Capello added; Jack Wilshere needs more caps but he is a real leader.” So with this in mind I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at Wilshere’s credentials for the England captaincy along with 4 other potential candidates. I am basing the argument on their talent, age and potential.

Jack Wilshere

Obviously the boy has talent and was one of the few players to come out of the Barcelona game with any real credit. One of the few Arsenal players who is prepared to put himself about with some sturdy tackles, Wilshere has already represented England on the top international stage and with Lampard 32, Gerrard 30; there are certainly some top midfielders that he can learn from.

I believe Wilshere is best going forward with his performance in the Carling Cup Final proving that it is in the final third that he is most influential. He still has some learning to do off the pitch but hopefully that will come. He is certainly the most exciting English prospect we have and a certain candidate for the future England captaincy.

Joe Hart

Hart could be considered as captain material because of his regular position within the team. He is considered as England number one and could remain there for the next 10 to 15 years should he consistently perform to a high standard. He is number one for Manchester City having beaten off a more than worthy competitor in Shay Given.

He has experienced a World Cup and while not number one at the time, it will certainly have helped his development. He has shown a tough enough personality when he was briefly in the spotlight for a slight dip in form in December has recovered and remained in the first team.

Wayne Rooney

A slightly controversial choice I admit and maybe future captain is hard to argue considering he is now 25. However Rooney has played in over 65 internationals for his country featuring in Euro 2004, World Cup 2006 and 2010. No one at his age has that sheer wealth of experience at England level. While suffering from a poor season this term, he has shown glimpses of magic here and there and no doubt still has the talent to become one of the worlds best forwards once again.

One thing that may dampen his chances will no doubt be his temperament and private life which has affected his form this season. If Rooney can return to form and stay off the front pages perhaps he is one to think about.

Chris Smalling

Okay maybe a surprise choice but hear me out. While only just beginning to feature in the Manchester United first team I do not believe he is too far from becoming a first team regular. Ferdinand is now 32 and has become very susceptible to injuries in recent times, something which made him a bizarre choice for the England captaincy in the first place if you ask me.

Moving on, Smalling could learn a lot from Ferdinand as well as other former England pros such as Neville and Scholes. However Sir Alex Ferguson has a good track record for grooming British talent and Smalling would be wise to take in every bit of advice he gets. He is composed on the ball, adept at dealing with aerial threats, he certainly is a talented defender. Should he now push on to the United first team, he could then make his claim for a regular England spot.

Jack Rodwell

One final candidate I believe should be considered would be Everton’s Jack Rodwell. At the age of 20 he has featured regularly for the team in a defensive central midfield position. Rodwell was captain of England at under 16 level, while also featuring at under 17, under 19 and under 21 level. A possible midfield partner for Jack Wilshere in a future England team he has shown a lot of potential under the stewardship of David Moyes.

With rumours of a £20 million move to United already agreed in the summer, this further supports Rodwell’s talent. He has adapted well from his natural role as a centre back while also playing on the right side of midfield. He has remained quiet in his private life and should he make a high profile move to United he will have one of the best clubs in the world to nurture his talent.

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