England manager names Chelsea star as new Three Lions vice-captain

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is delighted to have been handed the England vice-captaincy by Roy Hodgson in place of former team mate Frank Lampard, Daily Star.

The 28-year-old has been the Three Lions most consistent centre-back and will now have the chance to lead the national team should current captain Wayne Rooney not be available.

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He said: “The manager pulled me the other day after training and told me. It was Saturday.

“Last week against Norway was the first time I’d worn the armband (after Rooney had been substituted).

“I know it was the last few minutes of a friendly but it still meant a hell of a lot to me.

“For him to pull me the other day and tell me was a proud moment.

“Wayne is the captain and he’s got everyone’s support, but for me to get the vice-captain role is great.

“I’ve seen it happen in the past that through injuries, suspensions or whatever that you do get the chance to lead them out and it would be a dream come true.

“In terms of leaders, because it’s such a young squad, the likes of Wayne with his experience has managed to win two in two and it’s important that people step forward.

“The manager has put added pressure on some of the guys to voice an opinion and I do that.”