Carra on next England captain

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Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has backed his Reds team mate Steven Gerrard to be given the captains armband by new England manager Steve McLaren.

Following England’s disappointing defeat to Portugal in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, David Beckham announced he was standing down as England captain.

The door is now open for former Middlesbrough boss McLaren to elect a new captain of the national team with Chelsea‘s John Terry a joint-favourite with Gerrard.

But Carragher believe Gerrard is the man for the job.

“The captain at international level has to be someone who is one of the first names on the team-sheet, has the respect of the other players and has good leadership qualities,” said Carragher.

“Stevie and John Terry have got all that so it’s going to be a really difficult decision. But from my own point of view, having played under Stevie at Liverpool and seen how well he captains the side, I’d like it to be him.

“When you look back at the way he played in Cardiff in the FA Cup Final and in Istanbul in the Champions League Final you’d have to say there can’t be too many players around who are more inspirational than him.”

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