New Hamburg signing Michael Mancienne will lead England at the U21 Euros.
The Sun says Mancienne is set to be named England's Under-21 skipper for the European Championships.
Micah Richards was due to take the armband in Denmark but a hamstring injury has ruled him out.
Mancienne, 23, has just moved from Chelsea to Hamburg after a season on-loan at Wolves.
He was captain for five consecutive games during qualification and boss Stuart Pearce will make his decision ahead of Sunday's friendly with Norway.