Manchester City striker speaks out after being handed international captaincy

Edin Dzeko Bosnia

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has been speaking to the press after being named the new captain of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Dzeko, 28, joined City from Wolfsburg in a £27m deal having hit 85 goals in 142 games for the German side - and whilst he's had his ups and downs in front of goal for City, Dzeko has notched 66 goals in 155 goals and played a key role in City's late surge to the Premier League title last season.

He was then given little time to celebrate, as he was off to the World Cup as the poster boy of Bosnia and Herzegovina's exceptional journey to the finals in Brazil, and whilst his country crashed out in the group stage, Dzeko grabbed his first World Cup goal in their 3-1 win over Iran.

Now, after the international retirement of defender Emir Spahic, Dzeko has been handed the captaincy by manager Safet Susic, with Dzeko's 36 goals in 65 games a testament to his superb displays for his country. It's a huge increase of responsibility for Dzeko, but he says he doesn't feel too different.

"I do not feel any different being captain. My responsibility within the team, however, has increased a lot and I will do my best to replace the retired Spahic in that area," said Dzeko.

Bosnia are set to start their Euro 2016 qualifying phase, which will see them face Belgium, Israel, Wales, Cyprus and Andorra in in Group B, and they will be aiming to make it two major tournaments in a row by making it to France for the European Championships.

"Three points against Cyprus will be very important for our confidence," Dzeko added. "Everyone expects a victory, though it will not be easy, as these qualifications are a chance for smaller sides that have never taken part in big competitions to qualify from the 2nd or 3rd spot. Those types of sides are the most dangerous in this group."

"The experience we gained from the World Cup will help us greatly in the future. Now the goal is France. We need to give our maximum to qualify."

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