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Southampton strip Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of club captaincy

Southampton have stripped Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of the club captaincy on the eve of the season restart.

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed today that James Ward-Prowse will take the armband for the remainder of the season.

Hojbjerg told SPORT1, in May, that he wants to play at an "even higher level than I am currently".

He said: "I know what I want, the club knows it too. I want to play at an even higher level than I am currently. The relationship between me and Southampton is fantastic.

"The club gave me the platform to grow. I'm not saying 'Goodbye' and I'm focused on my club, but my goal is very clear: I want to win the Premier League and the Champions League."

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