Gerrard: I'd be proud to captain England
Gerrard, who captained England during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, told BBC Football Focus: "If I get offered it, I'll take it and I'll be delighted and I'll be very proud to take it.
Capello resigned after disagreeing with his bosses at the Football Association over the decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy pending his trial on racial abuse charges, which he denies.
After Capello left his role, Pearce was put in charge of the national side for England's friendly with the Netherlands at Wembley next week. The former England left-back has admitted he would like to take the side to this summer's UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
Speaking about Capello's resignation, Gerrard said: "Yes, I was surprised, of course. I thought he would stay until the end of the summer, until the end of his contract and then move on, so it was a bit of a surprise.
"I don't think it will affect the England team. We'll get a new manager - it's a fresh start for everyone. It may be the lift we need to have a successful summer."