The 24-year-old, a £5million signing from Marseille, will take over from Dean Whitehead as skipper following his departure for Stoke, which was closely followed by that of stand-in Danny Collins, also to the Britannia Stadium.
Leadership qualities: Cana (right) battles with Stoke's Dave Kitson
Bruce told the Sunderland Echo: 'Some people might raise their eyebrows and think, "He's a foreign player", but he speaks the language perfectly well, he leads by example, he's a good age, he's got experience, he captains his country and he's captained his old club in Marseille.
'I think anybody who's watched him will understand why I have made him captainof the club.'
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