Steven Gerrard will lead England as captain at the finals of Euro 2012, this according to confirmation from England coach Roy Hodgson. Gerrard, the captain of Liverpool, will be regaining the captain’s armband after captaining the England side last at the 2010 world cup. John Terry had replaced Gerrard as captain under Fabio Capello after the ill fated 2010 world cup. John Terry is still facing charges of alleged racial abuse charges formerly brought after an incident between him and Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand which saw him stripped of his captaincy by the Football Association.
The England captaincy has been fuelled with all sorts of controversy with the accusations of racial abuse always having been denied strongly by John Terry and Gerrard being overlooked by replacement England boss Stuart Pearce against Holland who in turn had to step in after Capello had resigned over a dispute with the football Association over yet another John Terry incident.
Current England coach Hodgson is confident that Gerrard will be the perfect captain and will lead England to victories in all of their Group D matches against France, Sweden and the Ukraine in the Euro 2012 tournament in June. At a media conference broadcast live on Sky Sports News Hodgson expressed this confidence saying that Gerrard truly merited this award or distinction, Hodgson further qualified this by saying that he knew Gerrard well both as a player and as a person, knowing how committed he was to his country and its cause.
Hodgson went on to say how delighted Gerrard was upon receiving the news. Hodgson said that he is also counting on the England captain to help build a strong and united team ahead of the tournament. I further developments Terry has been included in the squad while Rio Ferdinand who’s younger brother Anton is embroiled in the race allegations case has been left out of the squad.
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