Switzerland have confirmed as Granit Xhaka as their new captain.
The 27-year-old inherits the armband from ex-Gunner Stephan Lichtsteiner who has decided to hang up his boots in August.
Xhaka has led his country out before in Lichtsteiner’s absence but, unsurprisingly, he’s honoured to take on the role full time.
“It’s a real pleasure to meet again with the national team after a ten-month break,” Xhaka said.
“As the new captain, I am extremely proud to be able to play for my country, and moreover to represent it in the captain’s role. It’s a dream come true.
“We are happy to be able to count on your support and we promise we will do everything to bring you joy in the upcoming campaign and also in the future.”
The news marks the latest upturn in fortunes for a player who was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy at the turn of the year after a very public falling out with the club’s supporters.
Since then he’s earned the trust of new boss Mikel Arteta, regained his place in the Gunners midfield and picked up a couple of bits of silverware.
Le nouveau capitaine Granit Xhaka : "Je suis fier de pouvoir représenter mon pays !" pic.twitter.com/Mn9wsQNQkL
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Switzerland face Ukraine and Germany in the Uefa Nations League during the Interlull.