England Defender Handed Old Trafford Armband

Last updated : 17 January 2020 By Three Lions

Harry Maguire has been confirmed as the new Manchester United club captain after the departure of Ashley Young to Inter Milan.

Maguire, and fellow England internationals Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have worn the armband in Young's absence on the pitch this season but the 26-year-old will now keep the job on a permanent basis.

"Everything about him tells me is a leader," said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of his club's summer signing from Leicester City.

Capped 26 times by the Three Lions since a debut against Lithuania in October 2017, Maguire may now come into contention for the role at international level, along with Jordan Henderson of Liverpool, given the expected absence of Harry Kane for the March friendlies against Denmark and Italy at least.

Kane's hamstring is fast becoming this year's pre-tournament injury worry for England, following in the wake of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney in years gone by.

Ex-players and medical specialists are being called upon to give their opinion on whether the Tottenham striker will recover in time for Euro 2020 with newspaper headlines this week offering wildy different forecasts on the prospects of the Three Lions' talisman being available for selection when Gareth Southgate names his squad for the tournament.