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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 August 2006, 13:32 GMT 14:32 UK
England captain to be announced
ENGLAND FANS POLL
Steven Gerrard (left) and John Terry
John Terry 51%
Steven Gerrard 46%
Gary Neville 2%
Frank Lampard 1%
David Beckham 1 vote
England's new captain will be announced at 1500 BST, the Football Association has revealed.

Chelsea's John Terry and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard are the favourites to replace David Beckham, who quit as skipper after the World Cup.

A poll commissioned by the BBC Sport website and Radio Five Live revealed that England fans were divided over who should be the new national captain.

Terry gained 51% of the votes, Gerrard polled 46% and Gary Neville got 2%.

Frank Lampard was fourth with 1%, and David Beckham gained one vote.

The poll was of 371 members of 'Englandfans', the official England Supporters' Club.

Mark Perryman, an active member of Englandfans, conducted the poll on behalf of BBC Sport.

He said: "The 371 members we polled are the ultra-dedicated fans who travel to watch England home and away.

"The results show there are two outstanding candidates for the captaincy, but that this will be a very tough decision for Steve McClaren."

Chelsea skipper Terry is the odds-on favourite with the bookmakers, with his Liverpool counterpart Gerrard close behind.

Beckham stepped down as England captain a day after his team were knocked out of the World Cup quarter-finals by Portugal.

The midfielder had been skipper for six years after being handed the armband by stand-in coach Peter Taylor in 2000.



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