England fans would like either Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart or Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson to be the next England captain, a 90min poll has found.
Hart led his country for the first time during Friday’s 2-0 defeat to Spain, in the absence of regular skipper Wayne Rooney and vice-captain Gary Cahill, who were both rested.
“It was a special moment,” the Three Lions No.1 said afterwards. “But I’ve got to be realistic. Wayne’s our captain, Gary’s our vice, and they weren’t playing in Alicante.
And 41 per cent of the 50,000 voters would be happy to see Hart continue on a permanent basis.
Henderson, who skippers Liverpool when fit, was the next most popular choice, collecting only one per cent fewer votes than his international colleague.
Of the other candidates, Everton’s John Stones came third with 12 per cent, while Tottenham’s Harry Kane was the least popular choice, collecting just seven per cent of the votes.
Hart isn’t be the first goalkeeper to lead the Three Lions. David Seaman wore the armband on his 50th international appearance, while Peter Shilton won 15 caps as skipper.
However, no non-outfield player has ever been appointed permanent England captain, unlike a number of our continental rivals, with veteran shot-stoppers Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon continuing to lead Spain and Italy respectively.
Hart made his Three Lions debut shortly after his 21st birthday and has since made a further 54 appearances, which is more than Henderson, Stones and Kane combined.
Rooney, who scored his 51st international goal against France, has missed just two of Manchester United’s 20 matches this season, finding the net on seven occasions. However, only two of those have come in the Premier League.
By Aiden Cusick
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