Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has questioned the wisdom of stripping Steven Gerrard of the England captaincy.
Gerrard, who assumed the international armband when Rio Ferdinand picked up a knee ligament injury on the eve of the World Cup, saw the captaincy return to the fit-again Manchester United defender for Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Montenegro.
Hodgson was surprised by the decision of England coach Fabio Capello, which he hopes doesn't have an impact on Gerrard's role as Reds skipper.
"I was disappointed to see that he had the England captaincy taken away from him," he told the club's official website ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton.
"I've got to be honest and say I don't really understand that decision.
"As much as Rio is a great player as well, I think if you have been out for a long time through injury and you're making your first England appearance for a long, long time, someone who actually had the captaincy for three games and had done brilliantly deserves to keep it.
"I haven't spoken to Steven about the subject but I just hope he is not too disappointed about it because at the moment, in his form and with his ability and desire to take responsibility, he plays a true captain's innings for us and I think he did it for England in the three games before."