Gary Cahill will captain England in their international friendly against Germany on Wednesday, Gareth Southgate revealed on Tuesday night.
With skipper Wayne Rooney injured, as well as Liverpool's Jordan Henderson who has previously filled the role in Rooney's absence, Southgate had left fans guessing as to who would take the reins on Wednesday in Dortmund.
Cahill spoke of his pride at wearing the captain's armband and said: "It's a huge honour whenever you play for your country, let alone captain them. I'm delighted."
He added that he was enjoying playing football with Chelsea after a difficult season last year, alongside international disappointment at Euro 2016, and said that he played his best football while he was enjoying the game.
He said: "I've grown as a player. Even at 31 I'm learning."
Both Southgate and Cahill were both asked about the new permanent manager's message to players ahead of the match and what he had said to inspire them.
And Southgate said it was the first time he'd been able to speak to the squad knowing he had a mandate for a longer-term plan, and his focus had shifted.
"We have to change the way we do things the way we think the way we work, because we’ve not had the same success as our opponents," he said.
"We've got to believe in our players. We respect our opponents, but our job is to find a way to beat them."