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Capello ponders making Liverpool ace Gerrard permanent England captain

England coach Fabio Capello is considering making Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard his permanent captain. The Guardian says Capello is considering appointing Gerrard as the England captain on a full-time basis following the Liverpool midfielder's impressive displays this season as a stand-in for the injured Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

The Italian, who has confirmed he will step down as national manager when his contract expires after Euro 2012 to "enjoy being a pensioner", has been impressed by the manner in which Gerrard has confronted the fallout from the summer's disappointment at the World Cup.

The 30-year-old has been outstanding in England's three games to date and has long since dispelled Capello's initial fears, fuelled in the early days of the manager's tenure, that he would be too timid to take on the role permanently.

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