Phil Jagielka has described the decision to make him England captain for tonight’s match against Lithuania as ‘an honour’.
The 33 year old, who has made 36 appearances for the senior national side, will lead out his country for the first time in England’s final Euro 2016 qualifier in Vilnius and, in the process, become the first Toffees player to captain his nation from the start of an international match.
Roy Hodgson’s charges will be looking to rack up a 10th win from as many qualifying matches, and Jagielka says it would be a great source of pride to lead the team if they were to accomplish such a feat.
The defender said: “Obviously I am delighted that Roy came and found me and broke the news.
“It is a great honour for me personally and, like the manager said, we’ve got a big task ahead of us (on Monday), to do something that we can be proud of.
“We started this campaign a while ago and the job was to try to win every single game.
“Normally you say that and probably not a lot of people expect to do so (win all 10 matches), but it is nice (on Monday) night we will have the opportunity to do so.