Think back to the last world cup. Where were the leaders Terry, Gerrard etc. They shrunk from their roles. So yes it is an integral part of someone who can lead as the managers right hand man on the pitch. All the great teams in the past have had at least a captain who can lead and when the chips are down gee up those around him. So yes it is important. As I said before there is no use debating with you Mike. as you always want to be right.Not really, its just my view point. If he wasnt wearing would Parker shrink from his role? You've seen him playing all year so you know the answer would be no. The armband doesn't make him some leader, he has that naturally. He doesnt need an armband to be influential. So the whole debate on giving it to him is moot.