New Wales captain Aaron Ramsey has vowed to lead by example when he skippers the side in Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier against England at the Millennium Stadium.
The 20-year-old Arsenal midfielder has been handed the role despite having won just 11 caps to date, with manager Gary Speed hopeful the youngster is the man to revitalise what has so far been a woeful Group G campaign.
Ramsey admitted he was delighted to take the role, and told Sky Sports News: "I am honoured to be captain at such a young age. Ever since I was a boy I wanted to become a professional footballer and captain my country."
He added: "It's a special moment for me and my family. My Mum and Dad travelled many miles and put in a lot of effort to get me where I am and I want to thank them.
"It's come as a bit of a surprise, a nice one. I am just happy that I have this opportunity and hopefully now I can lead by example in the way I play.
"We know I am not a screamer or a shouter but it's not just me, there are 10 other guys who could be captain of this side.
"This is one of the biggest games we could play as professional footballers and it will be a special occasion for me to lead the team out in front of a full house."