Thursday, August 10, 2006


LATEST: Terry Appointed England Captain, Gerrard Vice Captain

Steve McClaren has named Chelsea captain John Terry as his England captain.

The new England boss chose the Chelsea skipper ahead of Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, who will become England vice-captain.

He said it was because of Terry's inspirational qualities and the leadership skills he had shown at his club.

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.

"Over the five years I've been involved with the England coaching set-up I've seen first hand the respect that John has among his fellow players.

"There are a number of strong leaders in the squad and he will not lack support on and off the pitch.

"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."

Chelsea centre-half Terry is proud to be asked to succeed David Beckham, who stood down after the World Cup.

Terry said: "It is the ultimate honour to be the captain of your country and I am very proud to be given this great opportunity.

"It is an incredible challenge and one I am looking forward to very much."

Terry and Gerrard will meet in Cardiff on Sunday when they lead their clubs into the FA Community Shield.

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 per cent support to Steve and John."


From the BBC website:

'England fans are split over who should become the new captain of the national team, according to a poll by the BBC Sport website and Radio Five Live.

'John Terry gained 51% of the votes, with Steven Gerrard polling 46%.

'Gary Neville was third with 2%, Frank Lampard polled 1% and former skipper David Beckham gained one vote.'

Hands up. Who voted for Becks?

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