Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney thinks Steven Gerrard should have been appointed captain earlier.

Gerrard first donned the armband in 2004 against Sweden, however, only 31 of the midfielder's 105 England caps have been whilst skippering the side.

Before the Liverpool legend, David Beckham was full-time Three Lions captain under Sven-Goran Eriksson, followed by John Terry before the armband floated around Gerrard, Terry and Rio Ferdinand.

However, since a 2010 draw with the US, Gerrard has captained the side in every game he started barring a Euro 2012 qualifier against Moldova, and friendly games against France and Holland.

Since Roy Hodgson was appointed Gerrard seems to have nailed the honour, captaining his country in all 15 of his appearances under the current manager.

Teammate Wayne Rooney, however, feels Gerrard may have tied-down the armband sooner:

"I feel he should have been named captain a bit earlier than that," said Rooney in the Telegraph. 

"But he is our captain and leader and he is going to be a really important player for us (against Montenegro and Poland)."

Rooney went on to explain how important the Liverpool midfielder is for the England squad, both on and off the field:

"He's our captain. We look to him to give us that drive. He does that. It's great to see. He has been doing it for years."

The England striker also commented on the ever-changing role of Gerrard, as he sits deeper in midfield.

"Steven has been one of the best in the world for the last 15 years," said Rooney. "He has adapted his game a little bit. He is not going forward as much as he used to. But he has certainly got the ability to play a bit deeper and play passes out and drive the team on."

Gerrard's appearance as captain against Montenegro on Friday will be his 32nd time wearing the armband - just two appearance short of John Terry and Alan Shearer who both captained their country on 34 occasions.

Liverpool-born Gerrard is still some way short of former team-mate David Beckham on 59 and is eclipsed by record holder Bobby Moore on 90. 

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