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Jonny Evans embodies the values of Leicester City, claims Brendan Rodgers after handing defender club captaincy


Jonny Evans will succeed Kasper Schmeichel as Leicester City captain

Jonny Evans will succeed Kasper Schmeichel as Leicester City captain

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Jonny Evans will succeed Kasper Schmeichel as Leicester City captain

Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans has been named the new Leicester City captain by his manager Brendan Rodgers.

Carnlough man Rodgers says he views Evans – who is only two games shy of a century of caps for his country – as the natural successor to Kasper Schmeichel.

Evans, the vice-captain last season, will take on his new role following the Danish goalkeeper’s move to French club Nice this week.

He said the former Manchester United favourite commands “huge respect” from the changing room.

“Jonny represents the collective standards and values of these players and what they stand for,” the Foxes boss explained ahead of the club’s opener against Brentford. “He’s a player with huge experience.

“He has huge respect in the changing room for what he’s achieved and how he behaves on a day-to-day basis. He’s the natural guy to step forward now that Kasper has left.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag was coy about Cristiano Ronaldo’s availability for United’s season opener but reiterated that the wantaway striker is part of his plans for the new season.

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The 37-year-old is keen to leave Old Trafford after just a year back at the club he won trophies galore with in his first spell. He missed the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia due to a family issue, playing his first 45 minutes ahead of the new campaign in the Red Devils’ final warm-up friendly against Rayo Vallecano last Sunday.

Asked if the Portuguese will play in the Premier League opener against Brighton, ten Hag said: “We will see Sunday.

“I told you before, we plan with the season (with him). We have a top striker and I’m really happy he’s here, he’s in the squad and we stick to that plan.”

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