Scott Parker's elevation to England captain - even if it is only for one game - caps a remarkable turn in fortunes for a player who was studiously ignored by Fabio Capello for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Liverpool's Steven Gerrard has greater experience of captaincy for club and country but caretaker manager Stuart Pearce clearly believes Tottenham's Parker fulfils all his criteria for taking the armband, which includes being a role model who is respected by his team-mates and someone will be in England's starting eleven.
A tough-tackling midfielder renowned for his energy and stamina, Parker's career has flourished in the last year.
Between 2003 and 2010, he won three international caps while playing for three different clubs - Charlton, Chelsea and Newcastle.
But after coming off the bench against Denmark in Copenhagen 12 months ago to win his fourth cap, he established himself as a first choice in former boss Fabio Capello's midfield.
Alongside Luka Modric in the Tottenham midfield, Parker has been instrumental in the club's rise to third in the Premier League.
However, he was sent off for two bookable offences in Tottenham's 5-2 defeat by north London rivals Arsenal on 26 February and will miss the top-of-the-table clash with Manchester United on Sunday.
At a pre-match news conference on Tuesday, Pearce had declined to reveal his captain.
SCOTT PARKER FACTFILE
13 October 1980
Charlton Athletic, 1997-2004
Norwich City (loan) 2000
Newcastle United, 2005-2007
West Ham United, 2007-2011
Tottenham Hotspur, 2011-present day
16 November 2003 vs Denmark
He said he would inform his players of his decision on Wednesday morning and outlined the qualities an England captain should possess.
"Captaining England was the proudest moment of my career," he said. "When you play for your country that is the true pinnacle of anyone's career. That is still the case.
"When I bear in mind it might be a one-off scenario, the captain has got to be somebody who is in the starting line-up, somebody who's got the respect of the other players in my eyes and someone who is unselfish and puts the group above himself. That's a vital commodity as captain."
John Terry lost the England captaincy because he is due to stand trial in July over racial abuse allegations after an incident with QPR's Anton Ferdinand.
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