England manager Roy Hodgson has named Everton defender Phil Jagielka the Three Lions’ captain in their final 2016 European Cup qualifier against Lithuania.
With skipper Wayne Rooney and vice-captain Gary Cahill having been released from the squad following the 2-0 win over Estonia, the captain’s armband was left vacant for Monday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Vilnius.
Hodgson in a statement as quoted on the Football Association website announced on Sunday that Jagielka would lead the team out at the LFF Stadium.
“I mentioned Jack [Butland], Phil will captain the team and take the place of Gary Cahill,” he confirmed. “We’ve let James Milner go and we’re already without Michael Carrick, who had to leave us through injury and Jack Wilshere is injured, so I mentioned Jonjo Shelvey.
“We have a very interesting team for Phil to lead out tomorrow, a young team, but players we believe in and we are very conscious of the fact we could have a perfect record if we win the game, but we also know that it’s not a given we will win the game.
“We are playing a team that also wants to win and are adept at playing on the 3G surface that we will be playing on tomorrow evening, so it’s a task ahead of us, but we are ready for it and we will do our level best to try and achieve it.” Hodgson stated.
Having already secured top spot in Group E, victory for England will see them finish qualifying with an unprecedented perfect record.