Downing backs Gerrard for captain

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing backs his team-mate Steven Gerrard for the role of England captain as the team prepare for Wednesday's Wembley friendly against the Netherlands.

Downing sees Gerrard as a player who influences those around him and, after seeing him lift the League Cup on Sunday, believes the man who led England into the last World Cup should do so at this summer's European Championship.

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