Liverpool's Jay Spearing believes teammate Steven Gerrard would be the ideal candidate for the England captaincy.

Speculation of who will succeed John Terry, after he was stripped of the armband by the FA a fortnight ago, as the Three Lions leader has been rife. Gerrard, along with Tottenham's Scott Parker and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, are thought to be the leading contenders.

With Stuart Pearce only installed as interim manager for the upcoming game against Holland, it could be several weeks before the man to lead the Three Lions into Euro 2012 is revealed.

Gerrard, who previously captained England during their 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa, is the most obvious choice. However, some inspiring displays by Parker and the emergence of Hart as a senior player within the England Squad has given the next permanent manager a difficult decision, whoever he may be.

The Reds captain, who has won 89 caps for his country, has already been endorsed by the likes of Wayne Rooney and Jamie Carragher.

And Spearing, having worked alongside Gerrard since graduating to Melwood in 2007, also believes the 31-year-old has earned the right to be captain his country and will be an inspiration to those around him.

He told Liverpoolfc.tv: 'Stevie should be skipper. His career shows why he should be.

"He's captained this club for a long time now and he's proven week in, week out, year upon year what sort of standards he expects himself to be at. He scores goals, he's influential and he's an idol to a lot of English lads."

He added: "He's one who is there to help you either when you're playing or training, but he's also one who'll give you a good shouting at if he thinks you need it, and that's something I think a captain needs.

"He's stepped up and scored a lot of great goals for this club when needed, and also for his country, so I don't see why he shouldn't be."

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