England v Lithuania, World Cup qualifyingDate: Sunday, 26 March Venue: Wembley Kick-off: 17:00 BST Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live or follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.
Joe Hart is expected to captain England in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania but says “it’s just an armband” to manager Gareth Southgate.
England skipper Wayne Rooney was left out of the squad, while Gary Cahill, who led the side in Wednesday’s defeat by Germany, is suspended.
“The captain’s armband is important, but with or without it, [Southgate] expects the same of us all,” said Hart.
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“The manager has made it pretty clear it’s just an armband to him,” added 29-year-old Hart, who is on a season-long loan at Italian side Torino.
“He wants the players, be it Marcus Rashford or myself, to lead.
“When he’s here, Wayne is our captain, the England captain, and when he’s not here, you’d probably say Jordan (Henderson) and then it moves down from there.”
Hart will be without two of the back three who started in front of him in the midweek friendly in Dortmund as Cahill is banned and Manchester United’s Chris Smalling is injured.
Manchester City’s John Stones is expected to start, while Burnley’s Michael Keane and Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson are other options.
“We’ve got a good conveyor belt and some really good options”, said Hart.
“We’re certainly not having to downgrade in what we do. It’s another opportunity for someone to show what they can do at international level.”
England are top of World Cup qualifying group F with 10 points from four games.