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Rooney: Steven Gerrard is perfect choice

Steven Gerrard has scored 19 goals in 89 appearances for the England national team.
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MANCHESTER, England (AP)

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says Liverpool star Steven Gerrard is the ideal choice to be England's new soccer captain.

England is without a captain or coach after manager Fabio Capello resigned Wednesday following John Terry's dismissal as captain by the Football Association. Terry is awaiting trial for racial abuse but remains eligible to play for the national team at the European Championship.

Rooney, who is suspended for England's first two group games at Euro 2012 this summer, has also declared his own interest in the role.

He wrote on his Twitter page that ''For everyone asking, I would love to be England captain. But that's up to new manager to decide. Gerrard is perfect choice for me.''

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