Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Steven Gerrard named England captain for Euro 2012

Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson names the 31-year-old as his skipper for the European Championships this summer following John Terry's stripping of the armband in February



Roy Hodgson has named Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard as his captain for England's Euro 2012 campaign.

John Terry, who is also included in the 23-man squad announced on Wednesday, was stripped of the armband in February, a decision that led to former Three Lions' boss Fabio Capello to resign.

Gerrard has captained England on 15 previous occasions, first against Sweden in March 2004, and most recently against Switzerland in September 2010.

Hodgson told reporters: "In my opinion [Gerrard] is the man who can manage this award, or distinction.

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

"I'm counting on him to help me and build the team unity and environment."

England have two warm-up games prior to the European Championships where Gerrard will be expected to skipper the new-look squad.

Friendlies against Norway and Belgium precede England's opener against France on June 11.

Gerrard also played under Hodgson during the former West Brom manager's short stint in charge of Liverpool between July 2010 and January 2011.



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