Real Madrid 'agree fee for Eden Hazard', Sterling becomes England’s seventh black captain

Real Madrid and Chelsea have agreed a fee of around €100m (£88.5m) for the transfer of Eden Hazard.

The Belgium international had been expected to join the Spanish side after indicating he would leave the club following the Europa League win over Arsenal.

Chelsea have prepared for the departure of Hazard by bringing in Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund for £58 million, but could soon be subject of a transfer ban. 

The transfer would be one of several high profile captures for new Real manager Zinedine Zidane.

They continue to be linked with players such as Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. 

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling became England’s seventh black captain as he was given the captaines armband in their match against Holland on Thursday. 

Other black and minority ethnic (BAME) players to skipper the Three Lions in the past are;

Paul Ince: 
England’s first black captain took the armband for the first time when making only his seventh international appearance, against the host nation in 1993’s United States Cup.

England lost 2-0 but that was Ince’s only defeat in seven games as skipper – the most memorable of which came when he inspired England to a goalless draw in Italy to secure qualification for the 1998 World Cup, with his bandaged head and blood-stained shirt conjuring memories of Terry Butcher.

Sol Campbell
The long-time Tottenham and Arsenal defender led his country on only three occasions, and never in a competitive match, with Alan Shearer or David Beckham captain for most of Campbell’s 72 caps.
England were unbeaten in those three matches – a draw with Belgium and win over the Czech Republic in 1998 and a 2-1 win over the United States seven years and 41 caps later.

Rio Ferdinand
Another defensive lynchpin for England, Ferdinand did not lead the team out until his 66th cap but wore the armband for seven of his last 16. 

England won four of those, with Ferdinand even managing one of his three international goals when he opened the scoring as skipper in a 5-1 win over Kazakhstan in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.

The one-offs
Ashley Cole was given the chance to captain England against the Republic of Ireland in 2013 in honour of a century of appearances – the friendly, a 1-1 draw, was his 102nd appearance but saw him presented with a commemorative 100th cap. 

As with Sterling, there was confusion over Cole’s appointment as then coach Roy Hodgson initially suggested the full-back would lead the team out but that his Chelsea colleague Frank Lampard would be skipper. 

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling wore the armband for a 2016 friendly win over Australia while Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, perhaps the most unlikely name on the list, led England in a 3-0 win over the USA in November 2018.

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