Patrice Evra believes it is hard work and determination that has seen him awarded the captain's armband for France.
With Thiery Henry likely to be a bench starter throughout the World Cup, Evra was handed the honour over the more experienced William Gallas, who has refused to speak to the media in South Africa.
Although the decision has angered some, Evra admits he is immensely proud of his promotion and the opportunity to lead his country.
The 29-year-old endured a slow start to his career in England but has blossomed at Manchester United which has ultimately led towards his progression on the international scene.
The talented left-back is now looking forward to his first challenge - seeing France to victory in their opening group game against Uruguay.
"I feel pride and honour and a huge responsibility but I have my team-mates behind me," he said.
"We are very proud as a team and confident. We have a great deal of responsibility on our shoulders."
A modest Evra said that sheer hard work and determination has seen him achieve his targets for both club and country.
He said: "It's difficult to talk about oneself. I've put in some hard work to get to this point - I haven't had any gifts given to me. I am determined.
"My first six months in Manchester were difficult but I believed in myself and my abilities and I think that is what makes a difference.
"I think my psychology helped me build and develop my career."
Evra will lead France out at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium for the first of their three Group A matches on Friday evening against Uruguay.