England Captain - Gary Cahill?
Former England captain Steven Gerrard, 33, called time on his England career on Monday following an embarrassingly bleak and colourless captaincy at the World Cup in Brazil where he led The three Lions to secure two defeats and a draw in what was arguably the country's worst ever showing at a World Cup, as he announced his international retirement in steep anticlimax.
And as though everyone couldn't wait for the Liverpool man to make way, three candidates - Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Gary Cahill - were immediately put forward, with the name - #Cahill trending on Twitter ahead of the other players as the solid centre back garnered majority of the early votes.
Although nothing yet official from Roy Hodgson or The FA concerning Gerrard's replacement, for many tweeters #Cahill is a definite choice by default owing to the dearth of quality alternatives on the entire Three Lions set-up.
Here's a few you might enjoy digesting(as culled from 101 Great Goals):
Gary Cahill should be the next England captain. — West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) July 21, 2014
POLL RESULTS: 43% of you feel Gary Cahill should be England's next captain. W.Rooney - 19%, J.Hart - 20%. Other - 18% pic.twitter.com/vlgvGgCieo — Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 21, 2014
Gary Cahill the only choice for next England captain, for me. — Massimo Marioni (@MassMarioni) July 21, 2014
The best choice for @england captain has to be @GaryJCahill. Good professional, gonna start every game.Will grow into the role over time. — Andy Burton (@imandyburton) July 21, 2014
England Captain preferences 1) Gary Cahill 2) Joe Hart 3) I'm struggling — Benjamin Wills (@BenjaminWills18) July 21, 2014
That Gary Cahill is second favourite to be the next England
captain tells you all you need to know about the dearth of options available. — Mark Buckingham (@MABuckingham) July 21, 2014
My choice from those available now would be Gary Cahill to be next England captain — Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) July 21, 2014
Gary Cahill or Joe Hart for captain. Had enough of prima- Donna England captains, that rules out Rooney. — ParkedTheBus (@ParkedTheBus) July 21, 2014
I feel Gary Cahill is the ideal choice to replace Stephen Gerrard as the new England captain. — Minister ÖF Arsenal (@SirJohnnyKay) July 21, 2014
What has the England national team come to when people think GARY CAHILL should be captain — Teague Calvin (@TeagCalv) July 21, 2014
So fellow Blues, although like most of you I really couldn't care less what the Scouser captain - who apparently enjoys this very healthy and commendable symbiotic relationship with Chelsea strikers as he has since developed the knack of involuntarily feeding them with 'assits' at every given opportunity into an art form - does or doesn't with his remaining days, what do you reckon regarding this development?
Would The FA swallow pride and suddenly become sensible even for a splitting second, kill the unfunny joke and go with the popular demand by handing the famous armband to John Terry's defensive partner who is, by the way, the least experienced of the 'nominated' three?
Time alone will tell though something in me wants to hope not... But how about you?