Steven Gerrard welcomes Roy Hodgson appointment

Steven Gerrard has welcomed the appointment of his former Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson as England manager.

The Reds skipper played under Hodgson during the 64-year-old's ill-fated spell at Anfield.

"Roy's a good man and a good manager," Gerrard said. "It's important he's given a chance and I'm looking forward to working with him again."

Hodgson was confirmed as Fabio Capello's successor on Tuesday, but is yet to name his England captain.

Asked whether Gerrard would be handed the armband for the European Championship in June, Hodgson said: "That's another thing that will have to be carefully thought out.

"It's one of the things that will occupy my time in the days ahead."

Hodgson was sacked as Liverpool manager in January 2011 after winning only 13 of his 31 games in charge.

The former Switzerland, Inter Milan and Blackburn boss was appointed West Brom manager the following month and has since overseen a period of mid-table stability at the West Midlands club.

He was the Football Association's unanimous choice as England manager despite Spurs manager Harry Redknapp being heavily tipped for the job.

Manchester City and England midfielder Gareth Barry said he was not surprised by the decision.

"Such a big thing was made about Harry, everyone else was forgotten," Barry told BBC Sport. "There probably were two runners, Harry and Roy.

"Roy was probably overlooked by the media but they've gone with him and let's see what happens.

"I've never met the new England manager and don't really know too much about him."

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been ruled out of Euro 2012 through injury, gave his backing to Hodgson.

Wilshereexternal-link tweeted: "For England....good choice in my opinion! Good luck and I hope I can help him in some way in the future!"