Frank Lampard says there won’t be a prouder man than him in Copenhagen tonight as he lead Englands for the first time.
“It’s a very easy thing to say but everyone in the squad cares very much about playing for their country and wants to be successful doing it,” he said.
“Club football has improved a lot and anyone who watches Premier League and Champions League football will see that – the excitement level, the quality at the top.
“But it doesn’t take anything away from international football. That is the top honour you can earn in football and that will never change.”
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott told the Evening Standard that Lampard would make a great captain.
“Any young player would be spurred on by having Frank as captain and I am sure he’ll do a great job,” he said.
“It is great having Frank around and I am pleased he has got the chance to captain England. He is a great pro, so experienced and has played so many games for Chelsea as well.
Lampard will have extra motivationn with his father Frank Lampard Snr making a last-minute booking for a flight to Copenhagen after hearing that his son was captain.
The 62-year-old, a former West Ham and England player, said: ‘Leading out your country is a special moment for any player. Once you’ve done it they can never take it away from you and I have to be there.’