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Steven Gerrard welcomes Roy Hodgson as England manager

The former England captain Steven Gerrard has welcomed the appointment of Roy Hodgson as manager of the national side.

Gerrard worked with Hodgson during the 64-year-old’s ill-fated spell in charge of Liverpool and is an obvious candidate to be appointed to the captaincy once more.

Gerrard said in a statement on Tuesday night: “I’ve worked with Roy. He’s a good man and a good manager. It’s important he’s given a chance and I’m looking forward to working with him again.”

Hodgson dodged a question earlier on Tuesday over whether Gerrard would replace John Terry after the Chelsea defender lost the job over allegations he racially abused Anton Ferdinand in a league match this season.

Terry faces a court case in July when he will answer the charges, which he denies.

Speaking at a Football Association press conference at Wembley to announce his appointment, the new England manager said: “Will Gerrard be England captain? That’s another thing that will have to be carefully thought out. It’s one of the things that will occupy my time in the days ahead.”

Gerrard was joined in welcoming Hodgson by his fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere who has missed all of Arsenal’s season through injury. Wilshere tweeted: “For England … good choice in my opinion! Good luck and I hope I can help him in some way in the future!”

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