Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder has backed flanker Tom Wood to captain England full-time.
Wood lead England during their successful tour of South America earlier this year, in the absence of regular captain Chris Robshaw.
The former Worcester flanker had been pencilled in as Stuart Lancaster's first captain back in 2012, before an injury ruled him out of the Six Nations.
Northampton have elected to keep Dylan Hartley as captain for the new season, despite his crucial sending off in the Aviva Premiership Final back in May, but Mallinder believes Wood would be a great choice by England ahead of the November Internationals.
"I think he'd be a brilliant choice," said Mallinder to the Northampton Chronicle.
"Everybody respects Tom, what he says and what he does, and if Stuart were to pick him as captain he'd do a really good job for them.
"Tom's been brilliant. I guess he was disappointed not to go with the Lions, but that didn't affect him in his outlook of wanting to play for England and do well.
"I know from speaking to Stuart Lancaster, he was very, very impressed with the job that Tom did.
"So in terms of us as a club that's brilliant, that we've got leaders like that. We've got Phil Dowson, Lee Dickson's a real good leader on the field, Kahn Fotuali'i is a leader.
"They're the types of players we need in the team. We need as many leaders as we possibly can."