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Scott Parker named England captain for Wednesday's friendly with the Netherlands at Wembley

The Spurs man has been lauded for his fine performances this season both domestically and internationally, and Stuart Pearce has rewarded him with the armband.

Scott Parker is set to captain England for Wednesday's friendly clash with the Netherlands at Wembley.

The game will be Parker's first taste of captaining his country in only his 11th appearance for the national side, having won just three caps up until 2011.

The Spurs man has been praised for his fine performances this season both domestically and internationally, picking up the Vauxhall England Player of the Year award in the process.

Many had tipped Steven Gerrard to be handed the captain's armband, with the Liverpool midfielder having captained the side on 15 previous occasions.

However, it is the former West Ham man who gets the nod, as Stuart Pearce continues the trend of a new look England side, having named the uncapped Fraizer Campbell in the 25-man squad.

Parker has helped Harry Redknapp's side climb to third in the table since moving across London following the Hammers relegation last season.

Though a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal last time out has dampened hopes of a maiden Premier League title, Spurs look set to seal Champions League qualification this season.


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