“I was very honoured and pleased that he asked me,” Thorpe said. “Hopefully I can lead the team and show an example. It was a bit of a surprise to be honest, I wasn’t expecting it at all, but I’m honoured and we’re just ready to get started now. I don’t think it changes how you play and there’s a few players who have experience of it in this squad, both with England and with their clubs as well. It won’t change much on the pitch for me, we will have three or four captains out there. I’ve done it before at club level, I was captain when we won The FA Youth Cup and that was a great experience.”
England play Croatia tomorrow, followed by Serbia then France. Thorpe’s United team mates, Sam Johnstone and Michael Keane, have also been included in the squad.