Jordan Henderson admits he was ‘proud but disappointed’ after his first outing as England captain.
The Sunderland-born player turned in a man-of-the-match performance against Malta before being promoted to the captaincy against Slovenia on Tuesday following Wayne Rooney’s demotion.
The 26-year-old was proud to lead the side out in Ljubljana but was quick to point out that his role was a temporary one.
When Rooney emerged from the bench in the 73rd minute, Henderson immediately handed him the armband and that deference continued off the field.
“It was just for this game,” Henderson said of his captaincy.
“I think Wayne handled the whole thing brilliantly. Even at half-time he was trying to help the lads, telling us how he thought we could improve in the second half.
“He wished us all the best, but he’s the one we all follow. He’s the captain and one we all look up to. He’s a world class player and experienced player and he’s shown his class this week.
“I get on well with Wayne and he just said ‘keep on doing what you have been doing’ because that’s why you’ve been given the role’.
“I was very proud but I’m a little but disappointed and frustrated with the game and that we didn’t win.”
Meanwhile, Henderson says the England players want to work with interim manager Gareth Southgate “for a long time” after the former Middlesbrough boss answered a SOS from the Football Association following ex-Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce’s embarrassing exit two weeks ago.