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Gerrard named as England captain

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, the last time 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 before 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.

Wed 16 May, 2012
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