Gerrard can be king

(Setanta) Fabio Capello will not name his permanent captain for another two months.

He will make the announcement in the week before England face Czech Republic on August 20.

The Italian has been keeping his options open on his captain for World Cup qualification, with John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham taking turns in the friendlies following his appointment.

Although Ferdinand and Terry have impressed Capello, consensus is that Capello favours a midfielder as captain and this points to Gerrard being given the nod.

Capello has been happy with three wins from four games in charge, but admits he is still seeking out a ‘fantasy’ player who can create things.

Gerrard, 28, is most likely to fit the bill. The Liverpool skipper had another fantastic season despite no trophy going to Anfield and he is the topic of much transfer speculation again.

He feels it is imperative to have style to complement substance and he admits the role of creator is vital for success.

“I remember in the first game when we played Switzerland, I was very worried because I didn’t see the spirit and the English characteristics,” Capello said.

“But after four games I am very happy because step by step we have moved on and have found the spirit of the group.

“There are also players with fantasy and that is very important at this moment. Now, modern football is a 9-1 formation and without fantasy or one player dribbling, with good passes it is impossible to score goals.’

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