Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Wisdom To Skipper England U21

New England U21 coach Gareth Southgate has appointed Anfield starlet Andre Wisdom as his captain.

The 20-year-old wore the armband during the 6-0 friendly victory over Scotland last month and will now retain the honour for the upcoming European U21 Championship qualifying campaign.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Thursday's match with Moldova, Wisdom commented: "It's a great honour to captain England at any level, so I'm delighted to have retained the captaincy."

The Leeds-born youngster has eight caps to his name in this age group and has also represented the Three Lions at U16, U17 and U19 level.

Left-back Jack Robinson, currently on-loan at Blackpool, is also in Southgate's squad for the fixture which is followed by a trip to Finland on Tuesday.

Wisdom featured for the Liverpool first-team as a late substitute against Manchester United on Sunday, taking his senior Reds appearances to 21.

The previous regular England captain at U21 level was Anfield colleague Jordan Henderson but at 23 the midfielder is now ineligible.

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