Word on the Tweet: 'I respect Parker as a player but...' - Babel, Ferdinand and Barton react to news of England's new captain

The Tottenham midfielder was revealed as the Three Lions skipper for Wednesday’s friendly against the Netherlands & footballers across Twitter were quick to respond to the news
Much like with other serious England announcements in the past, interim boss Stuart Pearce did not get a chance to publicly reveal his captain for Wednesday's friendly against the Netherlands before Twitter beat him to it, and a whole host of footballers reacted to Scott Parker being chosen.

Admittedly, the choice is, in theory, only for the one game, but shock that Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard was not named was fairly widespread.

Nevertheless, reaction to the Tottenham midfielder skippering the home nation was swift and, mostly, congratulatory - here is Goal.com’s summary of the best comments from the social networking site.

“Congrats to Scott Parker on being named captain for tonights game. A great honour + one I'm sure he'll cherish. 2-1 win I'm thinking!”

Former England captain and Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand wished the holding midfielder the best of luck against the Dutch at Wembley.

“Congrats to Scott Parker. Great honour.”

Michael Owen, another United man, gave a short, simple and snappy well done to Parker.

“Congrats to my teammate Scott Parker on becoming England's captain for tonight's game against Holland. Sure he's proud! #honour”

Rafael van der Vaart (pictured left), Parker's team-mate at Tottenham, will not feature in tonight's friendly match with the Dutch because of an ankle injury but wished the player well.

“Congratulations to Scott Parker being named captain for his country, he wears his heart on his sleeve. #everyplayersdream”

Everton attacker and Australia international Tim Cahill also wished the former West Ham United man all the best.

"Scotty Parker great choice for me...top leader, top man and been the best English midfielder all season! Deserves it! Good luck mate!"

Arsenal and fellow England midfielder Jack Wilshere adds his name to the ever-expanding queue of congratulations.

“Scott Parker ahead of Steven Gerrard.........I'm speechless. #whatafarce”

First with the negativity, one-time England player Joey Barton does not hold back with his thoughts.

"I respect Parker as a player, good midfielder .. But we are talkin about Steve G here..

"I see it already happen Xavi laughing in his mind standing infront of Parker before the game with the refs thinking "Who's he?". Somebody in my mentions said Parker had 10 caps and Gerrard 89 caps.. WELL !!! I got 40 caps for Holland.. I think I should atleast wear the band once don't u think?"

The comments were most definitely tongue-in-cheek, but Hoffenheim winger Ryan Babel (pictured right) certainly offered a different slant to the rest of the congratulations murmuring across the web.

"Where are we with the England captaincy again? It doesn't matter, except when a player you don't rate gets it? Is that about the size of it?

"As a Scot, my anticipation of England's Euro 2012 campaign is approaching fever pitch already. It's going to be hilarious."

Goal.com's very own Steven Saunders gives an outsider's opinion on those slamming the choice of Parker.

"Is Kenny going to make a t-shirt about this too?"

Another Goal.com lackey, Alex Young, wonders if Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is going to resort to tried-and-tested tactics to speak out about Steven Gerrard's supposed captaincy snub.