was on Tuesday appointed England captain for the Euro 2004 warm-up friendly against Sweden in Gothenburg on Wednesday night.The
Liverpool skipper, 23, will pull on the national team armband on the night he wins his 22nd cap for his country.
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson opted for midfielder Gerrard ahead of Middlesbrough centre-back Gareth Southgate and Chelsea defender John
Terry.Eriksson was forced to search for a new captain following the withdrawals through injury of first-choice David Beckham and his stand-in Michael
England dream is alive after he overcame injury and trained with his new international team-mates on Tuesday morning ahead of Wednesday's
friendly in Sweden.The Manchester City wide man, battling calf and ankle niggles sustained in Saturday's goalless draw with Fulham, revealed on Monday
night he would be "gutted" if injury forced him to miss out on his senior national team debut in Gothenburg.But the signs looked good on Tuesday as he
took part in a full work-out with the other 24 players in Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad at Arsenal's London Colney training headquarters near St
Roma boss Fabio Capello
has put Europe's major
clubs, including big-spending Chelsea, on alert that he is ready for a move.The former Real Madrid boss, linked with the Stamford Bridge job now
Sven-Goran Eriksson has signed a new contract to coach England, has openly admitted his interest in moving abroad.
Leeds United's on-loan Cameroon midfielder Salomon Olembe
is attracting interest from a number of British clubs, according to the player's
agent.Willie McKay is due to discuss with Leeds their plans regarding four of his players who are on loan at Elland Road, namely Olembe, Didier Domi,
Lamine Sakho and Zoumana Camara.Leeds have option-to-buy clauses on the quartet who all joined the club last summer on season-long deals. However, it
is almost certain they will all be released at the end of the campaign.
French midfielder Emmanuel Petit
time on his Chelsea career by admitting that he has no intention of staying at the club next season.The 33-year-old says he has been unsettled at the
club since the arrival of billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.
American businessman Malcolm Glazer
has said he has "no current intention" of making an offer for Manchester United. The owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been linked with a
takeover since he increased his stake to 16.69%.That made him the second largest shareholder after Irish billionaires John Magnier and JP McManus.Also
on the Manchester United
news an independent report says fans who stand at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground are at risk as barriers are
not designed to hold them back.The report, commissioned by Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council, said a major incident could not be ruled out at the
67,500-capacity ground.Fans in the top tiers of the ground are most at risk, the report added.
[Edited on 30/3/04 by TRD]