Steven Gerrard has certainly gained plenty of admirers since being made England captain in Rio Ferdinand’s absence.
England cruised past Bulgaria and Switzerland as their Euro 2012 campaign got off to the perfect start – and in no small part thanks to the Liverpool skipper.
Gerrard’s swashbuckling performances have led to calls for him to be given the Three Lions armband on a permanent basis, and Manchester City ace James Milner is the latest person to lend his backing to the 30-year-old.
The England winger has praised the captaincy style of Gerrard and admits that he is lucky to play alongside such an experienced campaigner as he continues his international apprenticeship.
Milner said: "When you've got good players they are going to shine through.
“You know Steven Gerrard is another top player that we are lucky to have.
"He has shown his leadership skills. Not everyone has to be a shouter. He will do that, he'll have a word and shout at you when it needs to be done.
“But he leads by example on the pitch, without or with the ball, and we are lucky to have a player like that.
"I'm lucky to be able to look up to a player like that and learn as much as I can off him."