Third in line captain for Three Lions

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will captain England in tonight’s friendly with Denmark in Copenhagen.

Lampard has been given the armband after regular captain Rio Ferdinand was ruled out with a groin injury. Steven Gerrard would have been favourite to replace Ferdinand but will also miss the game due to injury despite playing 90 minutes of Liverpool’s win over Chelsea on Sunday.

Lampard has suffered major injury woes this season, and has not been involved with England since August, but England boss Fabio Capello believes he will be one of the fittest players on the pitch tonight. “I have been monitoring him during the last give games that he played,” Capello said.

“He improved a lot. Against Liverpool he played a really good game. At this moment he is probably fresher than the other players.”

Lampard will line up alongside Jack Wilshere in midfield, with the Arsenal youngster being asked to play a more defensive role than he has in the past.

But Capello is confident the 19-year-old is ready. “In the last two months he has improved a lot with his confidence and also the confidence of the other players like Cesc Fabregas and (Andriy) Arshavin when he has the ball,” Capello said. Capello also confirmed that Aston Villa’s record signing Darren Bent will start the game.

“When he was with Sunderland he played a different style, but now he runs a lot more and presses a lot.”