Stuart Pearce To Reveal New England Captain On Wednesday

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Best bet: Steven Gerrard remains the bookies' favourite for the armband
Best bet: Steven Gerrard remains the bookies' favourite for the armband

Stuart Pearce will wait until Wednesday morning before announcing who England's captain will be for the friendly against Holland.

With Joe Hart pencilled in to hold court with the press on Tuesday, there was speculation that the 24-year-old was in line to pull on the armband but now it seems that Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is the prime candidate.

England are without a skipper after John Terry was stripped of the captaincy by the Football Association for a second time, after his court trial for allegedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand was delayed until July. This means he would have skippered his country at the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine. Fabio Capello quit as national coach because he disagreed with the FA's decision.

Hart has at least got a modelling role:


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Liverpool's League Cup-winning captain remains favourite to reclaim the role, having shouldered the responsibility at the 2010 World Cup in place of the injured Rio Ferdinand. Scott Parker, voted England's Vauxhall Player of the Year for 2011 by supporters, is another candidate who has received backing from club manager Harry Redknapp.

Pearce told the media on Tuesday: "The captain will be announced tomorrow when the team is announced tomorrow morning.

"It is a format that I followed at club level and Under 21 level. It is a format that I don't deem necessary to change at this moment in time," reported Sky Sports News.

Pearce oversaw a training session of the 21 squad members at Wembley prior to his press conference.

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