With Wayne Rooney seemingly out of the picture in terms of international football, Gareth Southgate is on the lookout for a new captain, and I think he should look no further than Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana.
It would surely be sensible to give the captaincy to a senior figure in the dressing room and aged 28, Lallana is one of the most experienced players currently in the national team setup. Not only that, but he’s playing the best football of his career right now, excelling in the Liverpool team and in my opinion he has been England’s best player over the last 18 months.
Other options in terms of experience include Joe Hart, but his form has been questionable and he could soon be displaced in the eleven by younger keepers like Jack Butland or Jordan Pickford. There’s also Gary Cahill, but he too could soon lose his place with the likes of Phil Jones and Micheal Keane coming through.
You want your captain to be playing every week and in terms of players that are irreplaceable in the starting eleven, I think Lallana is one of a very few. He offers a blend of energy and technical ability and has certainly been one of the countries most consistent performers in the recent past.
I think England have Klopp to thank for getting the very best out of Lallana, a player who has always had ability, but until the last couple of years has failed to consistently deliver complete performances. This season for Liverpool he has managed to score 7 goals and assist 7 more in the Premier League – a very good set of statistics and one that not many other England players would be able to get close to.
Something which comes with the captaincy is a responsibility to represent your country, you need to be able to handle yourself properly and conduct interviews and PR professionally. I get the sense from Lallana that he would be very good at this side of the role, he’s very well spoken and seems to understand the game.
Liverpool fans: I’d be interested to know if you think Lallana would be a good captain? As an Arsenal fan myself I haven’t seen him every minute this season, nor have I seen all his interviews etc. but from an outsider looking in, he does appear a very good candidate to lead our country going into the 2018 World Cup, which with the 2-0 win against Lithuania, England have surely qualified for.