Liverpool midfielder set to captain country for first time this week

Joe Allen Liverpool

Reds star will skipper his side against the Netherlands on Tuesday, as Wales visit Amsterdam to face Louis van Gaal's men.

This season has been so positive for so many people associated to Liverpool Football Club. 

Many of the players that took the club to second spot in the Premier League have been rewarded with international recognition, with England youngsters Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan just three of the men to really benefit.

It isn't just first team players whose international careers are looking up either. Just a couple of days ago, 19-year-old reserve fullback Ryan McLaughlin made his debut as Northern Ireland narrowly lost 1-0 to Uruguay. 

And now, former Swansea midfielder Joe Allen is set to become the latest player rewarded with a more integral role in his national team setup, after Wales manager Chris Coleman revealed he was set to lead his country against the Netherlands on June 4th.

It capped an excellent season for Allen, who has taken his time to settle in at a club as big as Liverpool. He managed to feature 24 times for the Reds this season, more than playing his part in the club's second placed finish. 

Allen's performances convinced Coleman that the midfielder was ready to step into the captaincy role in the absence of the likes of Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey, with the former Fulham boss asking the 24-year-old to deputise earlier this week.

"I had no qualms about asking Joe," said Coleman.

"He's gone on and established himself at one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.

"In the second half of the season he was really, really outstanding. It's something [captaincy] that I never thought twice about.

"He's a very brave player, one of the bravest players I've experienced working with in terms of he always wants the ball.

"International football, the way he plays, is for Joe. There's no opposition that we could play that I think Joe would struggle to make an impact on the game."

The Liverpool midfielder will be earning his 17th cap when he skippers his country against the Dutch, while he also featured in all 5 of Team GB's matches at the 2012 Olympics.

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