Defoe confident in Parker for England

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is confident that club teammate Scott Parker is the ‘right man’ to be England captain on a full-time basis, Sky Sports reports.

Parker was handed the England armband by caretaker boss Stuart Pearce for the midweek friendly defeat against Netherlands. The Football Association decided to remove John Terry as England captain and now Parker has been earmarked as the potential candidate for Euro 2012. The Tottenham midfielder is ruled out of today’s game with Manchester United due to suspension, which will be a major blow to Harry Redknapp.

Defoe has backed the 31 year old to succeed as England captain and the attributes he holds are ideal for someone who takes that role. The Tottenham striker has praised Parker’s attitude and believes that his leadership could benefit the younger members of the England squad. Parker signed for Spurs in the summer and could be captain under Harry Redknapp, if the Spurs boss takes the England job for Euro 2012.

The England international said about Parker: ‘He’s the right man for the job. Sometimes he comes in and he looks like he has been in a fight. His hair’s all wet, he has got blood everywhere. But that’s just Scotty. He’s the same in training. He always wants to win. He’s just a proper captain. Scotty’s a true professional, he has never changed. He is also brilliant with the younger lads at the club’.

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