Gerrard happy to lead at last

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Steven Gerrard will skipper England at Euro 2012 just three months after fearing he would never lead his country again after being overlooked for the role by caretaker boss Stuart Pearce.

Pearce gave the armband to Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker rather than the more experienced Gerrard for the friendly with Holland at Wembley. But the arrival as new England head coach of Gerrard's former Liverpool boss, Roy Hodgson, has seen him made permanent captain for the first time and he will lead the side against Norway on Saturday.

Gerrard said: "I was disappointed not to skipper against Holland. Stuart Pearce said I wasn't going to be captain. I said: 'Okay', but I was disappointed. It's not easy when you're told you're not going to be captain. He just said he wanted to go with someone else, Scott Parker."

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