Frank Lampard - England Captain for the long run?

@ram_cv (16516)
India
November 12, 2011 11:33pm CST
Yesterday, Frank Lampard stood in as captain in place of Terry and Gerrard against Spain. He scored the winning goal in helping England beat Spain 1-0. Of course, Spain dominated most of the statistics, but the goal fell to England and Lampard. What do you think of Lampard taking over the captaincy on the longer term given that Terry's off field antics makes him a liability and Gerrard's injury woes simply does not seem to end? Cheers! Ram
8 responses
@adhyz82 (36289)
• Indonesia
13 Nov 11
trust me, england need many great midfielder like Gerard..but Fabio capello must be realistic too, that Gerard injured takes many time for recovering.. i do believe that Capello must seek another midfielder like Gerard..if i were capello, i prefer to choose Terry as captain
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
13 Nov 11
Yes, England needs more midfielders. Though yesterday, Lampard, Barry and Adam Johnson all got a go. I think Charlie Adams would also come into the picture soon. Cheers! Ram
@adhyz82 (36289)
• Indonesia
13 Nov 11
do you forget something?? Scoott parker
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@jkct02 (2859)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 11
I think Charlie Adams is Scottish.
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13 Nov 11
I don't think so as he is coming to the end of his international career, possibly another season after this. I would like to see a yonger captain being named. You never know if Rooney was named captain it might calm him down a bit.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
13 Nov 11
Choosing Rooney would be a big gamble in my opinion. On the one hand, as you mentioned he might just calm down. But on the other hand he could simply become too big a liability for the team with his hysterics!! Cheers! Ram
@jkct02 (2859)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 11
I think the position of a team captain is to lead the team and offer encouragement and motivation to teammates when it is required. It shouldn't be used as a way to change any shortcomings a player may have or to settle any personal issues. Leadership is needed to be a good captain. You must have it to be one, not try to acquire it when you are one.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
13 Nov 11
Yes, Leadership is a skill that cannot be easily built. Some people just have it in them. I agree with your take on that. Cheers! Ram
@rappeter13 (5298)
• Romania
14 Nov 11
Based on what you said, that Terry is not a role model outside the pitch and Gerrard is always injured, Lampard can be considered a good option for being a captain. He has certainly good leader abilities, but I consider Terry a better captain on the field. He is full of commitment there and if I was in the place of Capello I would make him a captain, as he has that fighting spirit which I saw in Effenberg and Kahn, which were my idols in my childhood. And we know that both Germans have had turbulent lives outside the field.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
15 Nov 11
I agree with your assessment. If you leave his off field antics, then John Terry is definitely a great leader on the pitch. He can be assertive and also lift the team when they need it. But I think leaders are usually role models who have to live it both in and out of the field!! Cheers! Ram
• Romania
15 Nov 11
Yes, a national team captain must be a role model, because every knows him. But I know that Lampard and Gerrard are not angels neither, so maybe judging from this optic, we must choose the best on the field, if their attitude is not so good outside the field.
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@jkct02 (2859)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 11
Lampard is qualified to be the Captain of England. He plays well. But most importantly, he is a model footballer. I can hardly think of any news about him that can be considered "not good", let alone "bad". He has been at the top of his game for so long. He had been very consistent until the injury last season that sidelined him for a few months. He seemed to have lost a bit of his form when he came back. He was even not in the first eleven for the first time this season at Chelsea which was unthinkable a season ago. It is the same in the England national team. It was reported that Lampard might not even be included in the squad. Anyway, the great Lampard is back and he took his chances well. It is only his age and fitness that can prevent him from the captain armband. I personally like to see him keeping the captaincy compared to the likes of those in-disciplines.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
13 Nov 11
Yes, there are two aspects to him one is his being a model professional. And the second is his ability to score important goals from the midfield. I think that makes him a great asset to any team he plays for. Cheers! Ram
@jkct02 (2859)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 11
Thanks for the BR.
@uzack01 (19)
• Indonesia
14 Nov 11
i think it's great for Lampard take over the captaincy, he is one of my favorite players. But, i don't think he will take it longer cause his age, c'mon friends, his age is 33 years old, i think next generation must be a captain, a young one with spirit make england better than before
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
15 Nov 11
I think that is a fair observation. Age is definitely not on his side. So he might be a stop gap arrangement till some youngster takes over. Cheers! Ram
@omchesunche (1755)
• Indonesia
13 Nov 11
Well, yes I think Lampard is deserved to wear captain ban of England national team.He has proven in the match against spain and even he also scored a goal there. Lampard is having excellent leadership not only in England national team but also in his club, Chelsea FC. He is also clean from any personal issues which totally different from John Terry. He is also relatively stronger and rarely got injured compare with Gerrard. So I believ Capello will choose him in the first place in the long run as well.His capability to lead multinational players in Chelsea will be useful for his existence in national team.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
15 Nov 11
Yes, Lampard has kept himself fit for a long time. Though recently he was out for some injury and just got back. Of course, he has a much cleaner image than John Terry. Cheers! Ram
@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
13 Nov 11
I think the captaincy should go to the "next" generation of players. Maybe Rooney or Hart. Players like Lampard, Terry, Ferdinand, Gerrard, I think they should give up their international career. They have tried their best to serve their nation but it is time for the younger players to take over the responsibilities.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
13 Nov 11
Hart is an interesting choice that you mention. He does look a calm and collected goalkeeper. But is he really captaincy material? That is the real question. Cheers! Ram
@ravisivan (14055)
• India
13 Nov 11
Frank Lampard's header has helped England get a goal against spain and it brought a victory for England. I went through wikipedia on Frank Lampard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lampard It contains many interesting details about this promising player. If things go well he can continue to lead England team in future matches also and bring more victories.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
13 Nov 11
Frank Lampard is one of the most hardworking and sincere players the world over. His commitment for Chelsea is really great. It is good to see such hardworking player rewarded with captaincy of England. Cheers! Ram