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It'll be difficult to keep armband - Parker

ESPNsoccernet staff
March 1, 2012

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Scott Parker hopes he did enough during England's 3-2 defeat against Netherlands at Wembley on Wednesday to retain the captaincy for Euro 2012.

Interim England boss Stuart Pearce handed Parker the armband ahead of the likes of Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, who was favourite to succeed John Terry as skipper of the national team.

Parker made some excellent blocks and tackles in his defensive midfield role against the Dutch and, after the match, revealed that Gerrard was the first to congratulate him after his surprise selection as captain.

"Steve was fine. He was the ultra-professional he is," Parker said. "He was the first person to come up to me and congratulate me and said he'd support me. That was pleasing. You wouldn't expect anything else from such a great player.''

Should the Football Association appoint a permanent successor to Fabio Capello before Euro 2012, the new man must decide who he wants to be England captain in Poland and Ukraine.

Asked if he would like to keep the armband, Parker said: "Of course I would. I also understand there's a many a player - no-one more than Steven Gerrard and a couple of others - who've obviously been there before and done it.

"It's going to be difficult for me but I would obviously relish the chance to lead the country out again and take it into the Euros.Whether that's me or it's not me, I know I'll be fully behind whoever it may be, determined to make England succeed.''

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