Seamus Coleman says he is “very, very proud” to be named captain of a “great football club”.
Right-back Coleman was confirmed as Everton’s full-time skipper this weekend and wore the armband in Saturday’s scoreless draw with Crystal Palace.
The Irishman, who joined Everton in January 2009 and has played 290 games for the Club, was told of his appointment by Marco Silva in the days before his side’s visit to Selhurst Park.
Coleman deputised for previous incumbent Phil Jagielka in 22 Premier League matches last season.
And after being promoted to succeed Jagielka, Coleman vowed to remain true to all the attributes which marked him out as captaincy material in the first place.
“The manager spoke to us this week and announced the captaincy decision; it was a very proud moment for me, a reward for all the hard work over the years,” Coleman told evertontv.
“I am very, very proud to be captain of such a great football club, a massive football club.
“I am delighted. To be Everton captain is an amazing feeling.
“But without talking it down, the captaincy doesn’t change who I am or what I do.