|England left the World Cup after a devastating defeat to Portugal in a penalty shoot out. The English National Team then lost its captain, with David Beckham resigning from the post after five and a half years. |
The England captaincy is one of the most prestigious positions in world football, and PinnacleSports.com has announced odds on who'll be awarded the armband by new coach Steve McClaren.
Current skipper of two-time Premiership champions Chelsea, John Terry, has emerged as an overwhelming favourite to assume the captaincy at 1/4 odds with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard next on the list at 5/1, followed by Chelsea's Frank Lampard at 16/1.
Simon Noble of PinnacleSports.com, said, 'When McClaren selects the new captain prior to August’s scheduled friendly match, it will be no surprise when John Terry is assigned the highest honour in English soccer… appointing Terry as captain now could provide stability to the national team for the European Championships and World Cup in South Africa in four years time.'
As well as the three front runners for the job PinnacleSports are also offering odds on several outsiders. Bayern Munich midfielder, Owen Hargreaves is a 50/1 underdog to and despite earning a red card in the Portugal game, 20-year-old Manchester United striker and national talisman Wayne Rooney is 66/1 along with Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand.
Having never played a Premiership match and appearing in only one international game, 17-year-old Theo Walcott has been listed with the longest odds at 250/1.