Gerrard set to be handed England armband
Published 22:01 03/02/12 By Martin Lipton
Steven Gerrard is set to be parachuted into the England captaincy for the second tournament running.
Within an hour of the FA confirming John Terry had lost the armband for the second time in two years, Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand made it clear he was not interested in reclaiming the job he lost to the Chelsea player 11 months ago.
And that means Liverpool skipper Gerrard – who has not played for England in 14 months because of injury – is almost certain to step in when England head to their Krakow base in June, just as he did in South Africa in 2010.
Then, Ferdinand’s knee injury on the first day of training at England’s World Cup base-camp saw Gerrard inherit the role.
Other potential candidates include Chelsea’s Frank Lampard, Scott Parker of Tottenham and Manchester City’s Gareth Barry.
Ferdinand's United team-mate Wayne Rooney is ruled out as he is suspended for England's opening two group games.