The new England manager Steve McLaren, a visitor to Melwood earlier this week, has named Steven Gerrard as his new England vice captain. John Terry was named captain.
Speaking on the official FA website, McClaren said: “Choosing a captain is one of the most important decisions a coach has to make. I’m certain I’ve got the right man in John Terry. I’m convinced he will prove to be one of the best captains England has ever had. John has all the attributes an international captain needs: leadership, authority, courage, ability, tactical awareness and a total refusal to accept second-best. He has been an inspiration for Chelsea and is at his best in adversity.”
He said Gerrard came close to getting the job himself: “Steven Gerrard was a strong candidate for the captaincy and he will be my vice-captain. He is an outstanding player and another superb club skipper who also leads by example. I told Steven when I spoke to him today that I’m sure he will also get the chance to lead his country while I’m Head Coach.”
Gerrard said: “I would like to congratulate John on being appointed England captain. I’m sure he’ll do a great job. He’s a tremendous leader for Chelsea and has all the qualities required to do the role. I’m also pleased to have been appointed vice-captain by Steve McClaren today. I am grateful that Steve took the time to call me and inform me of his decision. There are a number of captains in the England squad and I know we will all be giving 100% support to Steve and John.”