The question now on every England fans is that can Liverpool ace Steven Gerrard can handle the England captaincy.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard replaces Rio Ferdinand after the Manchester United defender suffered a knee injury on Friday which rules him out of the World Cup.
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson recently told reporters in an interview that he is confident that Steven Gerrard has the ability to lead the team on the biggest stage.
So, can Steven Gerrard carry the burden of leading the England team to World Cup glory? Gerrard has proven beyond doubt that he can captain his club and he has done so in a respectable manner.
Can Steven Gerrard now bring his experience and leadership to the international level? Well, he has captained England before but the World Cup is a whole different ball game.
Being surrounded by a star studded cast of world renowned players and to actually captain the side at the World Cup would be a daunting task. Gerrard will have to earn the respect of his team-mates and that should not be a problem.
Steven Gerrard by himself has saved Liverpool many times and had been the mainstay for Liverpool for many years. He had inspired many great comebacks and scored crucial goals when times were desperate.
Steven Gerrard made his international debut against Ukraine on 31 May 2000 at the age of 20 and 10 years down the road at the age of 30, he is called upon to lead England in the mother of all football tournaments.
It is time now for Steven Gerrard to deliver at the international level and in particular at South Afirica this summer. It is time for him to step up and become the savior of England.
Being named captain by Fabio Capello might just inspire Steve Gerrard to get to his best form and lead England to World Cup glory.