Gerrard captaincy guides Wisdom

Gerrard captaincy guides Wisdom

Gerrard captaincy guides Wisdom

Andre Wisdom believes the experience of playing and training alongside Steven Gerrard has given him the best possible chance of being a successful England Under-21s captain.

A graduate of the Liverpool youth system, manager Gareth Southgate confirmed the 20-year-old defender as permanent Young Lions' skipper.

Wisdom captained the side in Stuart Pearce's last game in charge and was also named skipper by Roy Hodgson for last month's friendly win against Scotland, so his appointment was no great surprise.

His first job as captain will be to lead the side out on Thursday for their opening European Championship qualifier against Moldova - a day before Liverpool team-mate Gerrard does the same at Wembley.

The senior team are also taking on the eastern Europeans and Wisdom hopes to go some way to emulating the England captain.

"Steven Gerrard is a great captain for club and country," the defender said.

"I am a defender and he is a midfielder, but it doesn't matter what position you play. You can learn a lot from him, especially being young.

"Training with him every day I see the way he presents himself and the way he lifts teams in time of need for club or country.

"He has done that many times and it is good to learn from him.

"I haven't asked him for tips but I can see the way he lifts the team and hopefully I can do the same.

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