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Robson: Beckham not best England captain

Bryan Robson believes David Beckham should not captain England at this summer's World Cup claiming the Real Madrid player is not a natural leader.

The former England skipper instead would choose either John Terry or Liverpool's Steven Gerrard with a preference for the Chelsea defender.

In his autobiography serialised in the Mail on Sunday, Robson said: 'As for the England captaincy, David Beckham would not have been my choice.

'He hasn't done a bad job and he has matured, but he's not a natural leader on the pitch.

'Steven Gerrard and John Terry are more natural leaders and have the aggression that most managers like in a captain.

'To my mind, Terry, who is also the Chelsea skipper, has probably edged ahead of Gerrard as the best choice.

'He leads by example, is an excellent organiser and has the presence that everyone in the team will respect.

'He also scores goals which is a great bonus for a defender.'

The West Brom manager also believes an Englishman should be appointed to manage the national team following the departure of Sven-Goran Eriksson after the World Cup.

'I would have no great objection to the appointment of a foreign manager if we had no Englishman good enough to do the job of managing the national team, but I believe we have coaches who are more than capable.

'You don't get too many leading football nations who employ a foreign manager and the FA's decision (to appoint Eriksson) was a bit of a slap in the face of our lads.

'As well as Sam Allardyce, we have Alan Curbishley, Steve Bruce, Steve McClaren and Stuart Pearce.

'Hopefully, one of them will get a chance eventually.'