Gerrard was given the armband by Fabio Capello for just the 2-1 win over Switzerland, with a further decision later. But Benitez said: "I would think Steven Gerrard should be England's captain, he is certainly capable of doing it.
"He has the right mentality and it will be a boost for him for the future.
"I do not feel it will affect what he does for us. He has ability and experience, he can handle this as well."