Tuesday, February 05, 2008
New England manager Fabio Capello has made Steven Gerrard his captain for Wednesday's friendly against Switzerland, his first match in charge. The Liverpool midfielder steps into the role until Capello has had more time to decide on a permanent skipper, with John Terry injured.
In Terry’s absence, Gerrard is clearly the right man for the job. He’s one of only two club captains in the 23-man squad to face Switzerland on Wednesday - the other being Gareth Barry who wasn't a serious contender.
It will be interesting to see who is captain against Andorra in September. Personally I see Gerrard as a great club captain and a hugely inspiring player, but I am not convinced he should be the permament national captain. Terry has always impressed me in that role, though it could be said that he should take more responsibility for the team's failure to qualify for 2008.