Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT new England manager Sam Allardyce should consider bringing John Terry out of international retirement and making him captain, due to a lack of leaders in the current squad.
Allardyce faced the media for the first time in his new role on Monday, and confirmed he will delay naming his skipper, leaving Wayne Rooney facing an anxious wait to learn if he will retain the captaincy and possibly lose his place in the team.
And while Redknapp believes the Manchester United star should wear the armband if starting for his country, he also thinks there may be another option for Allardyce in the vastly experienced Chelsea star.
“If you play Wayne Rooney, he’s got to be captain,” he told The Two Mikes on their mid-morning talkSPORT show (LISTEN LIVE TO TALKSPORT HERE).
“I don’t see anybody else in the squad who I would make captain in front of Rooney,” Redknapp continued.
“I like Eric Dier, he’s a fantastic player. A very quiet lad who gets on with job but he’s not the captain of Tottenham so [I would] not [make him England skipper] at the moment. If Rooney is in the team and Dier is in the team, I go Rooney.
“If Rooney isn’t in the team it’s a scary [thought]. I watched a programme the other day about Euro 96. [The England team contained] Stuart Pearce, captain, leader. Sol Campbell, Tony Adams, Paul Ince, Teddy Sheringham, Alan Shearer – how many captains and leaders? Now you look at the squad and you can’t find a captain.
“I’m delighted Sam has got the job. I think he’ll do great. He’ll give it a real go but when you start looking at leaders, where are they in the game? Bring John Terry back out of retirement and make him captain.”
And Redknapp has admitted Rooney may need move away from a forward role to guarantee a spot in Sam Allardyce’s England side.
“There is a good chance he wouldn’t play [for England] if he’s an out-and-out striker,” he added.
“With Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy it would be more difficult for Wayne, unless he plays as a No.10, although everyone is a No.10 now, and I certainly don’t see Wayne Rooney as a midfield player anyway.
“People raved about him and suddenly after one or two games he’s a great midfielder; he’s been a great player but he’s not a great midfielder.
“He’s still a great player and I’m sure he’s still got a part to play in the England set up and I think if he plays he has got to be captain.”