Gary Pallister backs Chris Smalling for Manchester United and England captaincy

by Ben Topliss

Gary Pallister believes Chris Smalling is on course to succeed Wayne Rooney as captain for Manchester United and England.

Smalling has been in superb form for Man United for a number of months and he is now starting to earn the plaudits his performances have deserved.

Pallister insisted Smalling has all the qualities needed to take the captain’s armband for club and country.

“He’s been United’s most consistent player this season. He’s taken the role by the scruff of the neck and made that centre-half position his own producing commanding performance after commanding performance,” Pallister said.

“Hopefully he transforms that into England performances and then he could be a future England captain. This year he’s been captain-like. He’s led from the front, been dogged, and been that kind of player people follow. Chris is in a rich vein of form but he needs to continue that over a period of time. If that’s the case then people will start talking of him being a leader.”

Smalling has been nothing short of exceptional for some time now and it isn’t completely farfetched to talk about him being captain of United someday.

The 25-year-old is arguably the Premier League’s best defender right now and he has the character to handle the pressure of being captain. However, for now, current captain Rooney is not looking like going anywhere anytime soon despite a number of poor performances as of late.

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