Harry Styles has been named the next captain of England after scoring a hat-trick against France in their Euro 2020 opener.
It was a remarkable feat, and the 21-year-old had the final say on who should take the job, as he did in the 2015 World Cup, when he scored four times in four minutes against Spain.
He was named England captain in the final round of voting by the Football Association (FA) and the BBC, with former Manchester United star Jamie Carragher, England coach Roy Hodgson and a selection of journalists and bloggers supporting him.
It will be a monumental task for him to make England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with a group that includes Gareth Southgate’s England team and former England manager Fabio Capello’s side.
But with the squad already under construction, the England captain has a much more difficult task ahead, with the group of stars that was selected in his absence.
“It’s an honour to be called captain by my country and I’m looking forward to working hard and making history,” said Styles.
“I’ve been here a long time and it’s great to be part of a squad that has been very successful, winning four of the last five Euros.”
This is a big honour for me.
I’ve been captain of the England national team for so long, and this is the first time I’ve got to lead this squad and to lead them to a World Cup.
“I’m just so proud of what they’ve achieved and the team’s been doing so well.”
The captaincy is a special position and it is important that we have the right players to do it.
I know I will have a great time doing it.