Everton boss David Moyes has said Phil Jagielka will replace Phil Neville as Toffees club captain next season.
He told the Everton website: "If Phil Neville hasn't played, Jags has taken on the role - and he will do.
"He's developed into a top central defender. His performances have been excellent.
"He just needs to look at Phil and see how he conducts himself off the field, making sure the players are alright and everything's going in the right direction.
"If Jags can do that we'll hopefully have another period of success with a successful captain, but he's got a big act to follow because Phil Neville off the field is terrific for the players and he's been a great captain on the field."
Moyes has revealed he failed with an attempt to sign up the 36-year-old as a coach.
"If Phil Neville had asked to stay, we'd have loved to have him on the coaching staff," Moyes said. "But he's hoping to play a little longer."