Lescott plays down debate
City defender does not mind who lands England armband
Last Updated: October 10, 2010 7:55pm
Gerrard & Ferdinand: Captain candidates
Joleon Lescott claims Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard would both be deserving captains of England.
The Three Lions armband is up for grabs again as Manchester United centre-half Ferdinand prepares to return to the fold.
He was appointed national skipper by Fabio Capello after John Terry was stripped of the honour, but has been forced to relinquish the role of late.
An untimely injury picked up while preparing for this summer's World Cup saw Ferdinand sidelined at a crucial time.
Liverpool midfielder Gerrard, an experienced leader in his own right, stepped into the void and has carried the armband ever since.
Ahead of Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro, Capello must decide whether to stick with Gerrard or return the captaincy to Ferdinand.
Manchester City defender Lescott admits it is too close to call between the two candidates, with either more than capable of filling the role.
He told Sky Sports News: It doesn't matter. Everyone in the team and the squad are established professionals, so if it is Rio or Steven it doesn't really matter. We are just focused on getting three points.
"They are both great captains and well-established and experienced players, so I don't think it will hinder any performances whoever is the captain."