London: Stewart Downing said Monday that Liverpool club-mate Steven Gerrard would be his choice as England captain as his country go into a midweek friendly with Holland without either a permanent manager or skipper.
The Football Association's decision to strip John Terry of the armband - which presaged Fabio Capello's resignation - has undermined England's preparations for the Euro 2012 tournament, with Stuart Pearce in temporary control from the dugout.
But Downing thinks Gerrard is the man for the armband.
"He's captained Liverpool for many years and done very well and if picked for England would do that job well," the winger told reporters at a press conference.
"He's a big player for Liverpool and England, has a great influence on England and drives teams on, so if he is given the captaincy then great."