Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been named captain of the Swiss national team by the manager Vladmir Petkovic, according to the Daily Cannon.
Xhaka was chosen to replace his Arsenal team mate Stephan Lichtsteiner as the captain of the national side following the 34-year-old right back’s exclusion from the list of players called up to face Belgium and Iceland.
When questioned about the veteran’s exclusion, Petkovic revealed that it was an agreement that had been reached earlier with the player “I agreed with Stephan Lichtsteiner in August and in September that he will not be there in October,” he said.
Logically at 34, he should not be put through the stress of playing every single game for both club and country.
Xhaka will now assume the role of captain in his absence, while Xhedran Shaqiri and Yan Sommer will be vice captains.
This will represent a huge show of faith in Xhaka by the manager as the 25-year-old has come under attack by some past Swiss internationals who questioned his commitment to the national team due to his dual nationality.
Switzerland will continue their UEFA Nations League campaign against Belgium and Iceland, as they top the group following their 6-0 win over Iceland, a game where Xhaka also wore the armband.