Scott Parker has been chosen to captain England in Wednesday's match up against Holland, with the Tottenham midfielder capping off a particularly successful week.
Parker was named England player of the year by fans on Tuesday, and expressed delight at having his name etched in the trophy alongside some of the country's biggest names.
"It's a great honour," Parker told the BBC. "Just looking at the names that are on the trophy it's quite an achievement. It's a proud moment for me, I'm delighted."
Pearce also expressed his approval of the former Chelsea and West Ham man taking out the award, adding: "I think he's developed as a player and a man.
"Sometimes it takes time to get your feet under the table. I think that has happened with Scotty. He deserved player of the year and is a good member of the group."
It was thought that Steven Gerrard would be named captain, but Parker was also favourite after he recently worked his way back into the England side.
The 31 year old made just two appearances for the Three Lions between November 2003 and last year, but is now seen as an important member of the squad as they prepare for a tough Euro 2012 campaign.
Parker also won the Football Writers' Footballer of the Year award last season, and his comeback to the big stage internationally has been capped off perfectly with the captaincy.