Phil Jagielka has suggested he needs “to grow up” if he is to be a successful replacement for club captain Phil Neville.
The England centre-back will be handed the club captaincy next season, as Neville will be moving on in the summer, and he is looking forward to the responsibility.
Jagielka believes the time is right for him to take on such a responsibility on a full-time basis – he has stood in three times when Neville has been absent.
“Responsibility is something that I need,” he said. “I’m still a bit of a big kid when it comes to messing around – afterwards. Everyone says what a fantastic captain Nev has been, that he has been such a professional.
“People sometimes don’t understand that. He conducts himself right in every aspect, on and off the pitch.”
“Maybe I can be a bit juvenile at times. That’s the character I am, that’s the character he is,” he added.
“I’m sure that we will be very different captains, but hopefully we will have a very similar impact on the squad.
“I’m 30 now, not 16 and 17, so the time has come for me to grow up.
“If someone has got a problem, or they need help and advice, rather than hiding from it, I will try to help them out.”
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