The 2012 Reds' Player of the Year has been rewarded with the famous number vacated by Michael Owen although he denied suggestions that he had requested the change.
"This is a shirt with a lot of responsibility and a lot of big players have worn it," he told MUTV. "I just hope I can deliver and play the same way as the ones before because a lot of great players have worn the jersey."
When asked if it was his idea, he replied: "No, no. It isn't how it came about. The jersey was just given [to me]. I didn't ask for it but I will take a great responsibility in wearing it and will try to do my best."