Parker a 'ready-made' captain

Friedel thinks Tottenham team-mate should become England skipper

Scott Parker: Among the contenders to succeed John Terry as England captain

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Scott Parker would make a perfect England captain, according to Tottenham team-mate Brad Friedel.

After John Terry was last week stripped of the skipper's armband by the Football Association, the national team are looking for a new on-field leader.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who has led England in the past, are thought to be the leading contenders.

But Friedel thinks Parker is an ideal candidate to be given the responsibility having seen his colleagues attributes since last summer when they both arrived at Tottenham.

Immense

"Joe Hart has the mentality to be a captain, but you've also got with England two ready-made captains in Steven Gerrard and Scotty Parker," said the former Blackburn goalkeeper.

"Could Joe do the job? Absolutely. Joe is a magnificent goalkeeper with a great head on his shoulders. But you have got Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard that are tremendous players.

"Playing with Scotty for the last six months or so you can see, whether he has the captain's armband or not, he is going to be a captain.

"He is a top pro around the club, he lives his life right, and on the pitch he covers in front of the back four the best that I have played with.

"When the right or left-back go forward, he is always looking at the gaps that he can cover and the amount of metres he covers in games are immense."