Another former Sheffield United star to captain England

Phil Jagielka with England manager Roy Hodgson

Phil Jagielka with England manager Roy Hodgson

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Former Sheffield United skipper Phil Jagielka will lead out England in their final Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania.

With Wayne Rooney and vice-captain, Dronfield-born Gary Cahill, who also had a loan spell at Bramall Lane earlier in his career, having been released from the squad following the 2-0 win over Estonia, the captain's armband was left vacant for Monday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Vilnius.

Phil Jagielka (right) in England training

Phil Jagielka (right) in England training

And manager Roy Hodgson announced on the eve of the game that Jagielka would lead the team out at the LFF Stadium.

"I am very pleased to have Phil Jagielka here with me. He will be my captain tomorrow evening," Hodgson said.

It will be the first time the Everton centre-back has captained his country.

Jagielka, 33, will earn his 37th cap against the Baltic nation.

Phil Jagielka in action for Sheffield United against Spurs in 2007

Phil Jagielka in action for Sheffield United against Spurs in 2007

Having already secured top spot in Group E, Hodgson decided to release Rooney, Cahill, Michael Carrick, James Milner and Joe Hart to their clubs after the win over Estonia at Wembley.

If England win, they will qualify for next summer's finals in France with a 100 per cent record.

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