Hodgson hails ‘captain fantastic’ Gerrard

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England manager Roy Hodgson has lauded the efforts of captain Steven Gerrard at this summer’s European Championships.

The 32-year-old was in top form against Sweden on Friday night, with a 3-2 win moving the Three Lions a step closer to a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament in Poland & Ukraine.

Gerrard crossed for Liverpool teammate Andy Carroll to open the scoring Kiev, before goals from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck secured victory after a brace from Olof Melberg.

It’s the skipper for club and country who came in for special praise from the former West Bromwich Albion boss though, with Hodgson more than happy with the contribution of his main man.

"Steven has been fantastic ever since he was given the job,” he said.

"My first thought was to contact him and since then he hasn't put a foot wrong as a captain, a person or a player. He's playing like a captain should, as one of the best players in the tournament."

After his bullet header against the Swedes, striker Carroll is again in contention to start for England, this time against Ukraine on Tuesday night.

The return of Wayne Rooney provides Hodgson with a selection headache, but the Anfield hitman insists he’s ready if called upon and will be helping the team chase a victory.

"It's a great feeling. It was a great ball in by Stevie, I got in the middle of two defenders and put it away. I think we felt a little bit comfortable. Obviously, I gave a foul away and they got a goal from that, and it put us on the back foot,” said the former Newcastle man.

"We had to work hard to win the game. Just to fight back shows the team spirit and we are all sticking together. We got the two goals we needed.

"100 per cent (we’re feeling confident)."

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