STEVIE GERRARD is 4-7 favourite to captain England for their first game at Euro 2012 following John Terry’s removal by the FA.
Paddy Power has made the Liverpool midfielder hot favourite with other contenders like Frank Lampard seemingly ruled out because of question marks over his starting spot in the team.
Rio Ferdinand, brother of QPR defender Anton, is arguably too embroiled in the circumstances of Terry’s departure.
Closest rivals to Gerrard are fellow central midfielders Scott Parker and Gareth Barry at 4-1 and 7-1 with Lampard 8-1 and Rio 10-1.
Paddy Power were betting on whether Terry and Rio shake hands before Sunday’s showdown between Chelsea and Man United but the Terry has been ruled out through injury.
Unibet now make Terry 1-5 to be included in the squad for Euro 2012 and 3-1 to be left out.
Parker has been the best backed player early on for the captaincy according to Ladbrokes. Having opened at 10-1 the Spurs star was cut to 7-2 with Gerrard out to 4-7 to wear the armband v France.