Tom Carroll was proud to lead his country out as he captained the England Under-21 side to a 3-0 win the European U21 Championship match in Moldova.
The playmaker, on loan at Swansea for the season, has become a mainstay of the England youth setup and was asked to be captain by coach Gareth Southgate.
"I was absolutely buzzing when the manager told me, I couldn't take the smile off my face!" Carroll told the club's website after returning back to Swansea on Wednesday.
"We went over a few things before the game and he asked me if I'd be captain. I was delighted. Every player would want the chance to captain their country and to do it was amazing.
"I let my parents know straight away. It was a proud moment."
Carroll earned his ninth cap and continued his unbeaten run in the team, winning eight and drawing one of the matches he has featured in. The youngster dictated the play and added the icing on the cake when he played in club mate Harry Kane for the third goal.
"It was the perfect way to finish qualifying," added Carroll. "We played well, controlled the game and it was great to set-up Harry for his goal. I knew he was going to stick that chance away."
England Under-21 have qualified for the play-offs, and the seven winners will join the hosts in the finals in the Czech Republic next summer.