Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly says Liverpool star Steven Gerrard is not a patch on former England captain John Terry, and should not have replaced him as national skipper.

Gerrard took over the England armband on a permanent basis after the appointment of Roy Hodgson, with Terry having been removed from the position by the Football Association.

Terry has since retired from international duty, claiming the FA had made his place in the squad 'untenable', given the insistence of Wembley bosses pursuing disciplinary proceedings following allegations of racial abuse.

Desailly, meanwhile, is flabbergasted at the way the Chelsea centre-back has been treated by his country, and believes Terry should still be England's captain ahead of Anfield icon Gerrard.

The Frenchman also says that Gerrard is not suitable for the role, claiming the Liverpool midfielder is a 'soloist' who does not look after the interests of the team.

"I'm disappointed for John since he is a quality player. The English team loses a lot. John is a leader," Desailly said, according to the Daily Express.

"He is the captain, Steven Gerrard is not. Gerrard is a soloist. In the life of the group, the leader is John Terry."

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