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Parker to captain England against the Netherlands

By Rob Harris

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 29 2012 5:10 a.m. MST

LONDON — 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.

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