Wayne Rooney will captain England against San Marino in Friday night's World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
The 26-year-old has inherited the armband due to regular captain Steven Gerrard's suspension following his sending-off in the last qualifier against Ukraine and because of a knee injury suffered by official vice-captain Frank Lampard.
After that it was seen as a straight fight between Rooney and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart for the honour, and the Football Association has now confirmed Rooney is the man.
Rooney and Hodgson face the press on Thursday
He has captained England just once before, in a friendly defeat against Brazil in Doha in 2009.
Rooney said at a press conference ahead of the game: "It's a great honour, it's something I'm really proud of.
"It's a big challenge for myself, I'm really looking forward to it and excited, and hopefully we can cap the day off with a good victory."
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