Masch waits on Diego talks
Javier Mascherano is seeking talks with Diego Maradona before making a decision on captaining Argentina.
Last Updated: 05/11/08 1:07pm
Javier Mascherano is seeking talks with new Argentina coach Diego Maradona before making a decision on captaining his country.
Maradona, who was confirmed as Argentina's new coach on Tuesday, has signalled his intention to name Liverpool star Mascherano as the country's new skipper.
Mascherano has yet to accept the offer and is hoping to meet with Maradona to discuss the captaincy.
"For respect I don't want to talk about this, but obviously we will see," Mascherano told Sky Sports News.
"I need to talk with Diego and to know what he wants."
BackingMascherano has won backing from his Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez for the captaincy role.
Benitez believes the tough-tackling midfielder has all the attributes needed to be a leader.
"Mascherano has the character and mentality to be a captain," said Benitez.
"It is an important situation for anyone - to captain their country. If someone says to you that you can be captain of England or Argentina or Spain, it is a massive honour because they are big, big countries.
"If he has the chance he could do it."