Andre Wisdom speaks about England Under-21s captaincy honour and idols
England v Moldova
UEFA European Under-21 Championship 2013-15
Qualifying Group One
7.45pm, Thursday 5 September 2013
The Madejski Stadium, Reading FC
Live on BT Sport
Call 0844 249 1871 for tickets
Andre Wisdom will lead England Under-21s into their new Euro Qualifying campaign, after being named as captain by Gareth Southgate.
The Liverpool defender, who skippered the side in their win over Scotland last month and in their final game of the summer’s Euros in Israel, has been handed the role for the new season after impressing Southgate and his staff since.
And Wisdom says it’s something which he hopes to take in his stride, as one of the squad’s most experienced players with caps at U16, U17 and U19 level.
He said: “It’s a great honour to captain any England side at any level so I’m pleased to retain the captaincy and hopefully we can go on and do well.
“We’ve got two games coming up so it’s a chance to impress everyone and hopefully me and the lads can put a good performance on and show the fans what we’re really capable of.”
Wisdom has also made the first team breakthrough at club level in the last few months and attracted praise from the likes of Kolo Toure and Jamie Carragher.
The 20-year-old refuses to get carried away though, despite the compliments from some of his illustrious colleagues.
He added: “It’s good to be called a wise head on young shoulders – I think it goes well with my second name as well!
“But I just try to take everything in my stride and be as humble as possible and learn from players like Kolo Toure and Jamie Carragher.”
And with Anfield team-mate Steven Gerrard also captain of both club and country, the Leeds-born centre-half doesn’t have far to look for more inspiration.
“Steven Gerrard is a great captain for club and country,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter what position you play, you can learn a lot from him, especially training with him every day and seeing the way he presents himself and lifts teams in times of need.
“I can see the way he lifts the team and hopefully I can do the same.”
And Southgate says it didn’t take much to convince him that Wisdom was the right man to lead his team into action with the road to Czech Republic 2015 about to begin.
Southgate said: “I think he did the job very well for Roy last month and everyone that I’ve spoken to, Stuart from the summer and Roy, all held him up as an outstanding character.
“I didn’t see any reason at all to change that decision so I’m looking forward to seeing him lead the team out.”