Gerrard quick to welcome Hodgson appointment
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has welcomed Roy Hodgson's appointment as the new England manager.
Gerrard worked under Hodgson at Anfield during the 64-year-old's ill-fated spell at the club, after which there were reports that Gerrard was unhappy with the tactician's methods and that his disquiet - along with that of other senior figures - played a role in the former Fulham manager's sacking barely six months after joining the club.
Gerrard, however, welcomed Hodgson's appointment to the domestic game's top job on Tuesday - insisting he deserves his chance to take on the role.
"I've worked with Roy," Gerrard told the Press Association in a statement. "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 was asked at his unveiling on Tuesday whether Gerrard would be appointed his captain for the forthcoming European Championships in Poland and Ukraine, but avoided making any definitive decision on the issue.
"Will Gerrard be England captain? That's another thing that will have to be carefully thought out," Hodgson said. "It's one of the things that will occupy my time in the days ahead."
Gerrard was not the first England figure to back Hodgson's appointment, with sidelined Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere taking to Twitter to express his hopes for a bright future with the former Inter Milan boss at the helm.
"Not many have the experience that Roy Hodgson has, [he's] proved he is a top manager at international level so I don't see any reason why he can't do it for England... good choice in my opinion!," Wilshere said on Twitter. "Good luck and I hope I can help him in some way in the future!"