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02/07/2012 00:38, Report by Adam Marshall

Thorpe's England pride

Tom Thorpe has expressed his pride at being named England captain for the Under-19 European Championship finals.

The man who lifted the 2011 FA Youth Cup with United is one of three Reds in the squad, along with Michael Keane and keeper Sam Johnstone.

At home either in the centre of defence or midfield, the teenager is delighted that coach Noel Blake has handed him the armband in Estonia.

"I was very honoured and pleased that he [Blake] asked me," Thorpe told TheFA.com. "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.

"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 kick off their campaign with an opening match against Croatia on Tuesday.

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