MANCHESTER UNITED'S young defender Wes Brown is the man Sven Goran Eriksson should bring in to replace the retiring Tony Adams, according to readers.

The 21-year-old scooped 40% of the votes on our poll as our readers believe he is the man who should step into the shoes of England's inspirational skipper and play at the heart of the country's defence.

Rio Ferdinand, Leeds' £18 million buy from West Ham, came second in our poll gaining 22% of the votes. The classy centre half has long been regarded as a great England prospect and his style of defending seems ideally suited to the international game.

Ferdinand's fellow defender at Elland Road, Jonathon Woodgate, was voted third in the poll with 10% of the votes. The 20-year-old has already won one cap for his country and his performances, especially in The Whites' Champions League run, has led to calls for him to be given his chance at international level.

Titus Bramble and Gareth Barry both won 8% of the votes to come equal fourth in our poll.

Bramble has been at the heart of Ipswich's defence that has helped them to make such a major impression in the Premier League after gaining promotion from the first Division last season.

Barry has played six times for England already and his ability to play at centre half or on the left could lead to him playing a major role in Eriksson's England side, although meybe not at centre back.

Ugo Ehiogu was next in the voting with 7%, as his presence at Middlesbrough is a major factor in the Riverside resurgence under new boss Terry Venables.

Charlton's Richard Rufus is a surprise candidate for an England call although his manager Alan Curbishley heaps praise on the defender who is part of the side that has done well so far since promotion.

Last in the poll was Gary Neville with 2% of the votes. Neville, although the most experienced of the poll, is the least fancied of the candidates and is not seen as a replacement for Adams.

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