First, it was John Terry, then Rio Ferdinand, and finally, Steven Gerrard. The England captaincy has changed hands three times in the run-up to the World Cup, with scandals and injuries cutting short Terry and Ferdinand's reigns. Finally, the armband went to Liverpool Gerrard. Motivating and leading a team filled with superstars isn't easy, but one would think Gerrard already knows that.
He plays in a low-profile club in France, is of Mexican descent and captains the United States of America. Meet Carlos Bocanegra - the hard as nails centre back who leads from the front for the Stars and the Stripes. Bocanegra's opening assignment will be to stop the force of Wayne Rooney, and though it will not be a cakewalk, Bocanegra has been there, done that.