Parker to captain England against the Netherlands

Scott Parker will captain England for the first time on

Wednesday against the Netherlands.

The Tottenham midfielder has made only 10 England appearances,

but has been handed the captaincy by interim coach Stuart Pearce,

who could only be in charge for the exhibition at Wembley

Stadium.

The Football Association announced earlier this week that Parker

had been voted England’s player of the year in a poll of 15,000

fans.

The captaincy carries great weight in England, with Fabio

Capello quitting as coach earlier this month after the FA stripped

John Terry of the armband.

The injured Terry was stripped because of his upcoming criminal

trial for racially abusing an opponent.