Who should replace Steven Gerrard for England?

If the England captain steps aside, who should get his place? Gary Parkinson assesses the options...

As England pack their smalls into suitcases and prepare for the flight home, they may have a rather larger adjustment coming. After 14 years and 114 caps, Steven Gerrard may decide to retire from international football.
 
You couldn't blame him for doing so. Never a man to take responsibility lightly, Gerrard has keenly felt the pain of leading England in two successive disappointing tournaments – and at 34, the physical demands of international football could threaten attempts to prolong his career for his beloved Liverpool.  
 
At the same time, there is a strong body of opinion that England's recent rejuvenation must continue. As ever, some of that is of the baby-with-bathwater variety, but along with Frank Lampard (who at 36 will surely also call it a day for England), Gerrard is now the sole survivor of the millennial "Golden Generation" whose promise never really delivered on the international stage.
 
But if and when Gerrard hangs up his armband and Three Lions shirt, who could step into the breach? Roy Hodgson has a number of options, but most are as yet an unknown quantity - or quality, at this level. Read on for FourFourTwo's assessment of their individual merits...
 

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