Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson admits Fabio Capello’s decision to take the England captaincy from Steven Gerrard left him puzzled.
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The national team boss gave the armband back to Rio Ferdinand for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro after he returned from a long injury lay-off which saw him miss the World Cup and subsequent games.
It was a decision Hodgson did not agree with.
"I was disappointed to see that he had the England captaincy taken away from him – I’ve got to be honest and say I don’t really understand that decision," said the 63-year-old.
"As much as Rio (Ferdinand) is a great player as well, I think if you have been out for a long time through injury and you’re making your first England appearance for a long, long time, someone who actually had the captaincy for three games and had done brilliantly deserves to keep it."
Hodgson added on liverpoolfc.tv: "I haven’t spoken to Steven about the subject but I just hope he is not too disappointed about it.
"At the moment, in his form and with his ability and desire to take responsibility, he plays a true captain’s innings for us and I think he did it for England in the three games before [Tuesday night]."
Ferdinand was given the captain’s armband after John Terry was stripped of the role, with Gerrard named his vice-captain.