Gerrard named England skipper

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Roy Hodgson has named Steven Gerrard as the new England captain for Euro 2012 this summer.


The captain's armband has been vacant since John Terry was stripped of the role back in February after his trial for allegedly racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand was put back to after the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.


Scott Parker stepped into the breach to lead England out in their 3-2 friendly defeat against the Netherlands in February, however Hodgson has opted to bestow the honour upon Gerrard, who fulfilled the role during the 2010 World Cup under Capello.


Rio Ferdinand was stripped of the captaincy last year before the armband was handed to Terry for a second time, with the Manchester United defender missing out in the final squad altogether.


Parker is an injury doubt for the tournament with a sore Achilles, although he was included in the squad announced today.


Gerrard has struggled with injuries this season but featured in the game against the Netherlands, and played in both the League and FA Cup finals with the Reds this season.


Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Hodgson revealed he opted for Gerrard because he feels the Liverpool skipper ‘merits’ the role.


"In my opinion he's the man who merits this award or distinction," the former Liverpool manager said.


"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."


England’s first game of the tournament comes against France on June 11.

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