James Milner
Liverpool midfielder James Milner (right) will lead England against the Netherlands at Wembley Getty

James Milner will captain England during their upcoming friendly against the Netherlands on 29 March. The experienced Liverpool midfielder is set to don the armband for what will be his 58th senior cap at Wembley, taking over from Gary Cahill after the Chelsea centre-back led his country to an impressive 3-2 victory over reigning world champions Germany in Berlin at the weekend.

Wayne Rooney was appointed as permanent successor to previous captain Steven Gerrard following the latter's international retirement after a disappointing 2014 World Cup group-stage exit, but the Manchester United striker is currently unavailable for selection after suffering knee ligament damage at Sunderland in February.

"To get the chance to lead out your country is a massive honour and something you'll never forget," Milner, who did not feature against Germany, was quoted as saying by the Football Association (FA) at a pre-match press conference that followed the latest England training session at Tottenham Hotspur's Enfield training base.


"Everybody clicked back onto the job at hand straight away (in Berlin). It's important we build on that...It's exciting to see the amount of young talent coming through, but we don't want to get carried away...If we don't perform tomorrow night, everyone will forget about Saturday and that momentum will be lost."

Milner's appointment as temporary captain comes shortly after he admitted that he could contemplate walking away from international football. As reported by the Liverpool Echo, he said: "I don't know really, I can see pluses and minuses for both and you probably get criticised either way whichever way you take it.

"I think that is a conversation I will probably have with the manager at the start of next season. I don't want to be travelling around and not really contributing and being a good tourist. I want to contribute and if the manager sees I have a part to play then great and if not it is better for me to set aside and let younger guys travel around."

England were hugely impressive during their recent outing at the Olympiastadion, fighting back from a 2-0 deficit and a fractured ankle sustained by goalkeeper Jack Butland to secure a deserved win courtesy of excellent goals from Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy and a powerful late Eric Dier header.

Hodgson is expected to make wholesale changes to his side in preparation to face an Oranje team that failed to qualify for the expanded Euro 2016 tournament and are currently dealing with a number of injury problems. With Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder already sidelined, manager Danny Blind will also be without the services of Jasper Cillessen after the goalkeeper broke his nose during a nasty training ground collision with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Ajax teammate Davy Klaassen has a knee issue, while Manchester United's Daley Blind dealt with hamstring stiffness during a training session. Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm and PSV Eindhoven loanee Marco van Ginkel have been drafted in as late replacements.