Lincoln Ladies defender, Casey Stone, has been appointed captain of the England Women’s team for forthcoming UEFA Euro 2013 qualifiers.
In a recent interview on the FA website, Casey Stoney spoke of her pride after being named the new captain of the England Women’s team.
The centre-back, and former vice captain, will take over from Faye White following White’s recent announcement that she is expecting her first child, and 30-year-old Stoney could not hide her delight at being asked to take over the mantle.
“It was an amazing feeling when Hope [Powell, England’s National Coach] told me; a very proud day for me and my family,” she beamed. “I was quite emotional about it, because of what I’ve had to go through to get here. I never assumed anything. I was only ever the stand-in captain whenever Faye wasn’t available.
“Captaining your country is the biggest honour you can get in football.”
Stoney has led her country on a number of occasions in the absence of White, including four of England’s first five Euro 2013 qualifiers. She realises the importance of wearing the armband and the kudos that comes with the role.
“You are the voice of the team,” she said. “I know about football and I try and impart my knowledge on and off the pitch, with or without the armband, but captaincy is about taking responsibility and making sure we are doing our very best as a team.
Stoney’s first assignment as the new skipper will be a must-win UEFA Euro 2013 qualifier against Holland at Salford City Stadium on Sunday 17 June.
See the full report at the FA website