Gerrard to Captain England against African Champions Egypt


Steven Gerrard is set to lead England in the upcoming friendly match against Egypt on Wednesday. Steven has been in fine form and was leading the list of possible candidates to captain England in the absence of injured Rio Ferdinand.

With Ferdinand ruled out of the game because of a back injury, Gerrard will take over the duty of leading his country against Egypt. Rio had been a rock wall in defense but his back injury has prolonged more than usual which has now given Capello bit of a concern. Capello has already started looking for alternate options in the form of Steven Gerrard as there is a major concern about the future of England Team especially when World Cup is just around the corner.

After appointed as Captain of England against Egypt Steven Gerrard urged his team-mates to show they remain united as they prepare for this summer’s World Cup finals in South Africa.

“Being England captain is always a big responsibility. I am delighted that I will be leading the boys out,” said Gerrard

“The players have a responsibility to forget about what’s being written off the field and focus on what we can do on the pitch.

“We’ve done really well in qualification and I think Wednesday is a fantastic opportunity to show the fans and everyone around the world that we are still united and still a very strong team that has a good chance at the World Cup.”

However, England coach Fabio Capello has once again ruled out the possibility of reappointing John Terry as Three Lions captain in the absence of Rio Ferdinand. Newspapers and Media suggested that Capello might turn back to John Terry to lead the England side but that has not been the case so far and it seems that Capello has made up his mind which is not to give Terry the armband ever again; atleast not in the Capello era.  Many believed that this was a chance for Terry to regain the captaincy, but Capello wasted no time and said that this is not going to happen and Gerrard will act as understudy captain at Wembley in midweek.
The England manager said to Media on Tuesday when asked if Terry could return as captain:

“I think, no. Next captain will be Rio and for tomorrow the captain will be Steven Gerrard.”

England ensured their World Cup spot in South Africa with nine wins out of ten in World Cup Qualifiers and Capello believes Egypt will provide his men with a good test at Wembley.

“It’s not easy to win the African Nations Cup three times if you are not a good team,” he said.
“I watched Egypt’s games and it is a really, really good team. They are dangerous, they are really well organised on the pitch who know what to do in every moment.
“I think it will be a really interesting test for us.”

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