Tony Adams believes John Terry does not deserve to be overlooked for the England captaincy in favour of Rio Ferdinand.
England manager Fabio Capello will reveal today who has won a six-month talent contest and will lead out the team for tomorrow's Wembley friendly with the Czech Republic.
Steven Gerrard has already been tried and discarded by the Italian and it is understood that Manchester United defender Ferdinand is more likely to be picked than his Chelsea counterpart.
But Adams, who skippered both his country and his club, Arsenal, is convinced Terry is more than worthy of keeping the captaincy he inherited from David Beckham during Steve McClaren's reign.
He said: 'If he (Capello) wants to put Rio in and play down the importance of it then fair enough.
'But take (Diego) Maradona and Argentina. He was such a powerful player that you couldn't imagine giving the captaincy to anyone else.
'It was the same for us with Becks. He was so powerful and had those free-kicks - it made sense for him to lead the squad.
'You need to be vocal and have communication skills and for me John Terry has the best of those. He attacks the ball, is strong, is quick and has the experience now having played for his country enough times. He is a good leader.'
Adams is convinced recent performances on the pitch bare out his theory having studied both players closely at club level.
He said: 'Just before the Israel game last year, I noticed both of them were playing cover.
'Central defence is a partnership and they had both being playing second fiddle.
'At their clubs, Nemanja Vidic is the main centre-half at United who will go and attack the ball and at Chelsea Ricardo Carvalho takes a gamble, steps in front and goes forward.
'John and Rio were slipping behind and playing safe a lot of the time.
'But after I said it I noticed a significant change. John was actually attacking the ball. He looked much better after that.'
Adams backed Terry to continue to put in top-quality performances if he was passed over for the armband.
He said: 'I still have some resentment over the way Glenn Hoddle gave the captaincy to Alan Shearer instead of me
'He gave me the reason that he thought Alan would get more penalties.
'I do feel now I could have contributed more in (World Cup) 98. I took my foot off the pedal - but only outside of the football.
'But as a player, John is professional enough to cope, like I was.'