Lampard named England captain
Frank Lampard has been confirmed as England captain for Saturday’s friendly international with Spain at Wembley.
The Chelsea midfielder will lead out England for the second time as the official skipper John Terry is not starting against the World Cup winners.
Lampard’s only other match as Fabio Capello’s on-field lieutenant was another friendly, against Denmark in Copenhagen, nine months ago which England won 2-1.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones will play in midfield against the Spanish, Capello said.
Manager Fabio Capello announced that Lampard will be be captain at a media conference ahead of the Spain encounter.
Lampard is no longer a guaranteed starter under Capello. He has only started one of this season’s three Euro 2012 qualifiers – against Wales – and was on the substitutes’ bench for the away matches with Bulgaria and Montenegro.
But he has been selected against the Spaniards and was the obvious candidate to lead the side in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard and out-of-form Rio Ferdinand.
Capello confirmed Terry would lead the squad against Sweden on Tuesday, though, and insisted he had not been left out tomorrow as a result of the ongoing investigation into alleged racist comments made to Anton Ferdinand.
When asked if he had any doubts about keeping Terry as his permanent skipper, Capello told a pre-match press conference: "He is the team leader.
"He will play against Sweden but tomorrow he will be on the bench. We have six substitutions and I will decide on them during the game.
"For me, he (Terry) is innocent until proven guilty, absolutely. I respect every decision but I cannot speak about this."
On whether or not he had made his choice to leave Terry out against Spain after the alleged incident at Loftus Road, Capello added: "I decided everything before what happened. I don’t like to speak about this."
Capello wore a poppy on his jacket as a mark of respect on remembrance day, and was glad that the row over whether England could wear poppies on their shirts had reached some resolution.
"I respect the soldiers that died," he said. "I am really proud to wear this (poppy) because the sacrifice of the solders was really important.
"What FIFA decide is a political problem, not mine."
Having confirmed that Lampard would lead the side and that Jones would start, Capello was reluctant to disclose the rest of his team.
"I always decide my line-up on the day of the game because sometimes things happen to players," he said.
"The players will only know tomorrow."
Capello also conceded he was taking a slight risk by making changes ahead of a meeting with the number-one ranked team in the world.
"We take a risk, not a lot, because we are preparing really well," he said.
"We respect all teams, Spain, and we know the style of Spain is different."