With the international break still in full-swing, the Fan Park Crew has decided to look at five of the best current captains.
Wayne Rooney – England (Caps – 102)
The Manchester United forward has to be one of the best leaders around in International football today. Although his role as captain has just begun, I feel that he’ll succeed former skipper, John Terry, well. His work ethic, passion and ability makes him the perfect man to don England’s armband, and he could inspire his nation to a successful European Championship in 2016.
Vincent Kompany – Belgium (Caps – 67)
The Manchester City captain has been far from his best in recent times for his club, but the strong defender remains an important player for his country – notably as skipper. The 28-year-old ticks all the boxes for the characteristics that a captain should have, and will be vital for Belgium’s hopes of qualifying for the Euros next year.
Bastian Schweinsteiger – Germany (Caps – 109)
I don’t think there would’ve been too many candidates to succeed Philipp Lahm as captain of Germany, and with the full-back’s international retirement, it was always Schweinsteiger who was going to take over the armband. He made his debut in 2004, and has gone on to play 108 times for his country – becoming a true German legend.
Iker Casillas – Spain (Caps – 160)
Although many fans and football followers have called for his head at Real Madrid, the goalkeeper remains important for Spain. Casillas holds the record for the most performances ever for his country, having played 160 times. With his experience, it will difficult for Vicente Del Bosque to leave the 33-year-old on the sidelines – even if it is for Manchester United’s David de Gea.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Portugal (Caps – 119)
His style of captaincy for Portugal has been called in to question over the years, as he’s been seen as more of an individual, but I feel that seeing Cristiano Ronaldo stand tall with the armband during the national anthem must be an intimidating sight for any player. He may come across as selfish at times, but I feel he is one of Portugal’s best ever captains.
Are there any other international captains that you feel we should have included?