Roy Hodgson has announced that Steven Gerrard will be the England captain for the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine. Gerrard was England’s skipper in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup and has captained the national side on 15 occasions since 2004.
Hodgson said Gerrard was the man to help him forge “team unity”, adding that the player he knew well from his time as Liverpool manager merited the “distinction” of captaining England.
“In my opinion he’s the man who merits this award or distinction. I know him as a player and I know him as a person. I know how committed he is to the England cause and he was delighted last night when I told him of my decision. And I shall 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’s going to be very necessary to thrive in an important tournament.”