Gerrard to skipper Three Lions

Liverpool captain named as Hodgson's on-pitch leader

Last Updated: 16/05/12 2:43pm

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Steven Gerrard: Liverpool's captain will lead England on the field at Euro 2012

Steven Gerrard: Liverpool's captain will lead England on the field at Euro 2012

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Roy Hodgson has confirmed Steven Gerrard will be England's captain at the finals of Euro 2012.

The Liverpool skipper, who briefly worked under his new international boss at Anfield between July 2010 and January 2011, will regain the armband having led his country at the 2010 World Cup.

John Terry had returned to the role as captain under Fabio Capello after the finals in South Africa two years ago, having previously lost the role as a result of revelations about his personal life.

But the Chelsea defender was in February of this year again stripped of the captaincy by the Football Association after being charged with alleged racial abuse of Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand. Terry has always denied all allegations.

Gerrard was subsequently overlooked as captain by interim boss Stuart Pearce, who took charge against Holland after Capello had resigned over a row with the FA regarding the second Terry saga, in favour of Scott Parker.

No doubts

But Hodgson has no doubts the Liverpool star will prove a perfect captain at Euro 2012, when England will face France, Sweden and Ukraine in Group D in June.

"In my opinion, he is the man who merits this award or distinction," Hodgson said at a media conference on Wednesday that was broadcast live on Sky Sports News HD.

"I know him, of course, as a player. I know him as a person. I know how committed he is to the England cause.

"He was delighted last night when I told him of my decision.

"I will be counting on him to help me as much as he possibly can to build the type of team unity and the type of environment that I think is going to be very necessary for us to thrive in an important tournament."

Terry was named in Hodgson's squad, while another former England captain, Rio Ferdinand, brother of Anton, was left out.

Footballing reasons

It had been speculated whether Terry and Rio Ferdinand could be members of the same squad given their obvious personal differences, but Hodgson has insisted the decision is based on footballing reasons.

England have also revised their plans for next week, with Hodgson scrapping a planned training camp in Spain.

Instead, the Three Lions will meet up in Manchester on Wednesday evening before flying to Norway on Friday for their friendly in Oslo.

Seven days after that, England face Belgium at Wembley - although John Ruddy will be missing, having been given special dispensation to leave the squad by Hodgson as he will get married on 2nd June.

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