Jamaal Lascelles talks of 'pride' after being handed captain's armband at Newcastle

Jamaal Lascelles
Jamaal Lascelles

Jamaal Lascelles has told of pride after being handed the captain's armband at Newcastle United.

Lascelles – who wore the armband in pre-season – he has been appointed full-time skipper by manager Rafa Benitez.

And the 22-year-old will lead the team out in the Championship opener against Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow night.

The defender said: "It's an unbelievable feeling for a manager like Rafa Benitez to give me the captain's armband at a club like this.

"It is a lot of responsibility for a young player, but I will always give my all because I want what is best for the team and the club.

"It is such a proud moment for me and the biggest in my career so far.

"It is nice for someone to show that much trust in you, and I want to repay the manager's faith by leading this team back into the Premier League."

Benitez added: "We have a few players now in the squad who have the character to be captain, but Jamaal has proven himself to be a leader and a big personality in the dressing room and on the pitch.

"At the end of last season he really developed as a character and a man.

"I am pleased that Jamaal will be our captain, but I have also said to other players that they must too show their character, strength and leadership qualities to support the team."