Veteran Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes teammate Steven Gerrard has earned the right to be England captain at Euro 2012 this summer.
The 32-year-old midfielder has worn the armband on a number of occasions for the Three Lions, but was overlooked in favour of Scott Parker when caretaker manager Stuart Pearce took over from Italian Fabio Capello.
However, newly-appointed Roy Hodgson decided that the Reds heartbeat was his man for England, and Carragher certainly agrees with that call from the former West Bromwich Albion chief.
“I know how thrilled he was to receive the phone call from Roy Hodgson confirming he was the choice to lead his country” Carragher wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.
“He carries himself with understated authority, preferring to lead by example rather than walk around like he is God's gift to the England shirt. He's never been big-headed or arrogant.”
Gerrard’s approach to life with England is slightly different to his time at Liverpool, according to Carragher, but he insists that the 92-cap international remains an integral part in both the camps.
A player who commands respect for both club and country, Gerrard remains a role model for young players coming through the ranks, and is credited with helping a young Wayne Rooney get through his first few games at international level.
“Since he was a teenager, everyone has known he was destined to be our best player. He has carried an aura from the moment he made his debut,” continued Carragher.
“For more than 10 years at Anfield, every young player or new signing has looked to him for guidance. He has often brought this approach to England, exerting his authority in important but inconspicuous ways.
“When Wayne Rooney first broke into the England squad it was Gerrard who helped him most to settle in.”