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Liverpool ace Gerrard to lead England next week

Liverpool ace Steven Gerrard will captain England in next week's friendly against Egypt.

The Guardian says Gerrard will take over from John Terry as England's captain for next week's friendly against Egypt after Rio Ferdinand was forced out of Fabio Capello's plans because of a recurrence of his back problems.

Fabio Capello will turn to Gerrard to lead out the team after stripping Terry of the captaincy because of several off-field issues culminating in the disclosure of an alleged affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the ­ex-girlfriend of his former Chelsea and England team-mate Wayne Bridge. Ferdinand had been due to supplant Terry but will miss the Carling Cup final against Aston Villa on Sunday and Sir Alex Ferguson immediately ruled him out of joining up with the England squad for Wednesday's game.

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