Harry Redknapp is calling for Sam Allardyce to bring John Terry out of international retirement to lead the England squad as captain.

Allardyce was appointed as Roy Hodgson's replacement as Three Lions boss last week after leaving his post at Sunderland.

The new England manager declined to reveal his plans for the armband at his first press conference as Wayne Rooney was left in the dark after a disappointing showing at Euro 2016.

With a lack of experienced leaders in the team, Redknapp has suggested bringing 35-year-old Chelsea skipper Terry back to the fold.

Terry made his England debut in 2003, scoring six goals in 78 appearances, and named captain in 2006 but was stripped of the honour in 2010.

Terry captains Chelsea to first victory of US tour against Liverpool in pictures:

Briefly reinstated in 2011, the FA relieved him of the role again in February 2012 as he was due to stand trial over accusations of racial abuse towards QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, which he was later cleared of in July 2012, before he announced his retirement in September of the same year.

Speaking to Talksport, Redknapp said: “I’m delighted Sam has got the job.

"I think he’ll do great. He’ll give it a real go but when you start looking at leaders, where are they in the game? Bring John Terry back out of retirement and make him captain.

“I don’t see anybody else in the squad who I would make captain in front of Rooney.”

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Redknapp believes that the Manchester United skipper should captain the team if he is starting for his country, but Terry’s undeniable experience as a leader could be another option for the former Sunderland manager.

Redknapp added: “If Rooney isn’t in the team it’s a scary [thought]. I watched a programme the other day about Euro 96.

“[The England team contained] Stuart Pearce, captain, leader. Sol Campbell, Tony Adams, Paul Ince, Teddy Sheringham, Alan Shearer – how many captains and leaders? Now you look at the squad and you can’t find a captain.”

Terry is hoping to command a place in new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's plans next season and is currently on tour with the Blues in the United States.

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