David Beckham celebrates at Old Trafford after defeating Greece while he was captain of England's national team.
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England's captains of the past

John Terry has been handed a second chance to be the captain of his country by England coach Fabio Capello.

Look at some of the greatest leaders to have worn the armband for England.

BOBBY MOORE
Few would dispute the late defender's standing as the greatest England captain of all time. He led his country to World Cup glory at Wembley in 1966, the only man to lift a major trophy for the Three Lions, and wore the armband with cool determination a record 90 times during his 108 caps. Moore also skippered England's talented team at the 1970 World Cup when they exited disappointingly at the quarter-final stage. The abiding memory of that tournament from an English perspective, however, was the West Ham and Fulham centre-half's titanic battle with Pele in a narrow group defeat to Brazil.

BILLY WRIGHT
The Wolves defender was the first man in the world to reach 100 international caps, eventually amassing 105, and shares Moore's record of having captained England 90 times. The 'Ironbridge Rocket' started his career just before the outbreak of World War Two, but when international football resumed in 1946 he became a fixture and took over the armband in 1948. Led England in their first three World Cups in 1950, 1954 and 1958 and did not miss a game for eight years from 1951. Following his death in 1994, Wright was the first man inducted into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame in 2002.

BRYAN ROBSON
Injury problems prevented Robson - aka 'Captain Marvel' - from becoming his country's most capped player, but he still played 90 times and captained England on 65 occasions - a feat bettered only by Moore and Wright. With 26 goals, the all-action midfielder is also the Three Lions' seventh highest scorer. Starred on his World Cup bow in 1982 and led his team into the next two tournaments, although on both occasions his participation was cut short by injury. Bobby Robson, England manager for much of his international career, said of his namesake: "Lesser players have won more, but none have given as much."

TERRY BUTCHER
The granite centre-back may only have skippered his country seven times during a 77-cap international career, but he seized the opportunity to achieve what no-one aside from Moore had managed before Italia 90 - taking England into the last four of a major tournament. Handed the armband for the knockout stages after Bryan Robson pulled out injured, the then 31-year-old provided the steady hand needed to see England past Belgium and Cameroon. However, the team's best performance probably came in semi-final defeat to West Germany, the eventual winners.

DAVID BECKHAM
His slow and prolonged decline on the international stage should not detract from his legacy as one of England's best captains. Not a hard-nosed leader of men in the style of Bryan Robson or Butcher, he nevertheless displayed a more low-key determination - in evidence when he bounced back from his World Cup 1998 red card humiliation, and again in his virtuoso performance in the 2-2 draw with Greece which took England to the 2002 finals. Led the Three Lions 59 times under Sven-Goran Eriksson, Peter Taylor and Capello, a reign which took in quarter-finals appearances in the World Cup and European Championships.


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