In an all-action showing against USA, Gerrard opened the scoring after just four minutes and also turned in a dominant midfield performance alongside Frank Lampard - leading Carragher to sing the praises of his Anfield colleague.
"It's a great achievement to captain your country at the World Cup and I thought Stevie was outstanding," said Carra.
"That was not just because of the goal but because he was snapping into tackles as well.
"Sometimes people say Stevie and Frank Lampard can't play in that role - but Stevie can play the holding role as well as anyone in the world.
"He can play right back, off the front man, central midfield, attack.
"At times that's a problem for us because he can play so well in so many different positions. He leads by example and that's what he did against USA."