Hodgson receives Gerrard backing but remains undecided over England captain

Roy Hodgson has yet to decide who he will appoint as England captain but one of the likely contenders, Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard, has publicly backed the former Reds boss as a wise choose to lead the national team, ESPN has reported.

Gerrard has previously been England vice-captain and is one of the most experienced players in the Three Lions set-up with 90 caps to his name. The issue of the captaincy led to Fabio Capello’s resignation after the Football Association decided to remove John Terry from the position due to the Chelsea defender’s on-going legal issues, a decision Capello disagreed with and said so publicly.

Hodgson, who managed Gerrard during his brief spell at Liverpool last season, said: “Will Gerrard be England captain? That’s another thing that will have to be carefully thought out. It’s one of the things that will occupy my time in the days ahead,” while the 31-year-old Liverpool midfielder confirmed his pleasure at the prospect of playing under Hodgson once more.

Gerrard added: “ [Roy is] a good man and a good manager. It’s important he’s given a chance and I’m looking forward to working with him again.” Scott Parker was the last player to captain England, with the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder handed the armband by caretaker coach Stuart Pearce against the Netherlands.

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