Gary Cahill to captain England against Germany

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill will captain England during their friendly against Germany later today.

England's official Twitter account confirmed the appointment on Friday afternoon (see below), stating: "We can confirm that @GaryJCahill will captain #England against @DFB_Team tomorrow."

The 30-year-old was given vice-captaincy when Roy Hodgson handed the armband to Wayne Rooney in 2014, the Manchester United striker succeeding Steven Gerrard as skipper following the Liverpool legend's retirement from international football.


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With Rooney missing due to a knee injury and 'keeper Joe Hart out with a strained calf, Cahill will be called upon to lead Hodgson's side out in Berlin and potentially at home to the Netherlands.

As a result of the aforementioned injuries, England have a distinct lack of experience in their squad; James Milner and Theo Walcott are the only two remaining players with over 40 international caps.

Cahill's first taste of international captaincy came back in October last year, where he led his side to a 2-0 victory over Estonia. 

The defender's role as captain will come as a welcome boost after a frustrating season at Chelsea, where he has struggled for form and a regular starting place.

Cahill will start alongside Manchester United's Chris Smalling against Germany, with Danny Rose and Nathaniel Clyne forming the rest of the back four.

Elsewhere, Tottenham trio Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane are all set to start against the World Cup champions, whilst Jack Butland has been chosen to start in Hart's absence.

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