Former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has said that Dele Alli is the ‘outstanding choice’ for the England captaincy.
Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from international football earlier this year and the topic of who will take the armband has been talked about more frequently coming in to the final games of the World Cup qualifiers.
Alli’s club teammate Harry Kane has captained the side under Gareth Southgate,is heavily backed to get the job , as well as Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson.
“Let’s forget this idea of passing around the England captaincy and give the armband to Dele Alli now,” Collymore wrote in his Mirror column.
“I know he can be spiteful, he can be antsy and that even his manager Mauricio Pochettino had a little pop the other day.
“But this is the boy who needs making into a man and if Gareth Southgate were to make him captain ahead of the World Cup finals we’d see the boy fly.
“Some of you will say the captaincy would take away some of his flare but that’s utter tosh and I’m sick of players being mollycoddled.”
Even though Kane is the favourite to lead his country when they walk out for their first game at the Russia World Cup next summer, Collymore adds that Alli’s midfield role could be more beneficial.
He continued: “Responsibility isn’t a bad thing, it’s a great thing, and while Harry Kane is getting on with scoring the goals Alli could be marshalling the team from midfield.
“He could lead England into the next two or three tournaments — he really is the outstanding choice.”
So we’d really like to hear your opinions on Collymore’s take on who should get the England Captaincy. Absolute madness from him or does he have a valid point? Let us know your thoughts.
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