Date: 10th August 2006 at 9:42pm
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Chelsea skipper John Terry has been appointed as England’s new captain. Terry takes over the armband from David Beckham who stepped down at the end of the World Cup.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, also tipped for the job, has been appointed vice-captain.

Terry, 25 and capped 29 times, has helped Chelsea win two consecutive Premier League titles and established himself with England as a first-choice central defender.

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.’


New vice-captain Steven Gerrard said: ‘I would like to congratulate John on being appointed England captain. I’m sure he’ll do a great job.’

England coach Steve 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.’

Terry’s first game as captain is a friendly against European champions Greece in Manchester next Wednesday.

Although we at Vital Liverpool feel that Gerrard would have been the better option, John Terry is still a very good choice and we wish him well in his new role.