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Gareth Southgate reveals alternative of recent England captain for Belgium pleasant


Gareth Southgate has confirmed Declan Rice will captain England for Tuesday night time’s pleasant at dwelling to Belgium.

Rice is in line to win his fiftieth senior cap for the Three Lions at Wembley and is about to skipper the workforce within the absence of typical captain Harry Kane. The Bayern Munich striker has withdrawn from the squad as a result of a hamstring harm, whereas his stand-in – Kyle Walker – sustained a hamstring downside early on in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Brazil on Saturday.

Walker handed the armband to Harry Maguire when he limped off the sector, however the Manchester United centre-back has additionally withdrawn from the squad as a result of harm.

At a press convention on Monday, Southgate introduced Rice could be the one to put on the armband and lead England out in opposition to Belgium.

Declan Rice

Rice has develop into undroppable for England / Visionhaus/GettyImages

“I am speechless, to be trustworthy with you,” a beaming Rice mentioned. “I am completely misplaced for phrases.

“I feel when he [Southgate] mentioned to me final night time I used to be going to be captain, I gave him a hug, shook his hand and mentioned, ‘thanks very a lot’.

“I owe him lots. Since I’ve first come into the workforce, he is made me really feel at dwelling, I’ve at all times felt so snug enjoying beneath him and I’ve actually grown in confidence. So on my fiftieth cap, to stroll out at Wembley in entrance of my household, my mates, it is an absolute honour. I feel you’ll be able to see it by my face!”

Rice made his first England begin 5 years in the past on Monday and has develop into a lynchpin in Southgate’s midfield, whereas he has since received a European trophy as West Ham United captain and earned a £105m transfer to Arsenal.

“I feel I’ve grown a lot as a participant and an individual since I’ve come into the group at 19,” Rice added. “I used to be most likely a little bit of a nervous participant once I first got here into the England squad.

“However as time’s gone on, I’ve performed extra Premier League video games, extra video games at greater ranges, huge main tournaments.

“I feel I’ve grown in stature on this aspect and I’ve loved each single second of it. 50 caps is a ‘pinch me’ second. It will be an honour tomorrow night time and I am actually trying ahead to it.”