Milner's captaincy dream

Midfielder regarded highly and in contention to get armband

James Milner: In the frame to take on the England captaincy against Holland

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James Milner says it would be an honour to lead England out against Holland at Wembley after emerging as a contender to take on the captaincy.

Stuart Pearce is considering who should wear the armband in Wednesday's international friendly after assembling a squad that has a mixture of youth and experience.

While Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker of Tottenham are other options to replace John Terry as skipper, Manchester City midfielder Milner is also in the frame.

He has established himself as an important part of the Three Lions set-up over the past few years and concedes he would love the chance to take on the additional responsibility.

"I think when you grow up as a kid you dream one day you might be England captain."

James Milner

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"I think when you grow up as a kid you dream one day you might be England captain," said the 26-year-old.

"I've been lucky enough to play in a World Cup so to be captain would be a great honour.

"We have got more than enough leaders in the squad and, whoever is named as captain, they are not going to be there on their own.

"That's what every successful team needs, more than one leader. One player will wear the armband but you need six, seven, eight leaders to be vocal and lead with their actions."

Pearce backing

Pearce regards Milner highly after working with him at Under 21 level and feels the midfielder could be a good captain for the senior side.

"If ever I'm looking for an example of someone who has led unselfishly, it's James," said Pearce.

"He's got 46 Under 21 caps and managed to step up on to the senior stage and made that transition comfortably while having tournament football experience.

"That is the model we are looking for.

"If you're looking for me to put an example of a possible captain, an unselfish captain, that's why I'd use James."

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