Steven Gerrard today spoke of his delight to be officially appointed as captain of the England national team.

The Liverpool skipper will lead the Three Lions at this summer's Euro2012 competition in Poland and Ukraine and was thrilled to be installed by new boss Roy Hodgson who he knows from his tenure at Anfield.

"It's nice to be named the official England captain, a fresh start with a new manager and everyone is really positive," he said.

"I got on fantastically well with him (Hodgson) at Liverpool. He took the Liverpool job in difficult circumstances.

"The majority of our supporters wanted Kenny Dalglish in from day one and Roy had a tough job, but I can assure everyone he's a great manager, a winner and he can have a successful time as England manager."

And Gerrard is confident that there will be no rift with former England captain John Terry.

"He is a fantastic lad and I'm sure he'll support me and get behind me," he added.

"I haven't seen him or spoken to him. He's obviously still busy celebrating the Chelsea (Champions League) win."

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