With current captain John O'shea out of contract this summer, Sunderland will be on the lookout for a new captain.
The United States National Team have called up Sunderland's Lynden Gooch for Monday's friendly against Bolivia.
Former Sunderland manager Chris Coleman dropped Lynden Gooch for nine league games during the campaign.
With Sunderland suffering from injuries at the worst possible time, Chris Coleman has little choice in his team selection.
Sunderland quartet Donald Love, Lynden Gooch, Jonny Williams and Joel Asoro are out for the season.
Sunderland appear League One-bound, but Lynden Gooch's rise is good news.
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Sunderland drew in the Championship on Saturday.
Gooch provided the assist in Sunderland's 3-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats could be playing their football in League One next season.
The 20-year-old American made his second straight start for the club in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Boro at the Stadium of Light.
The 20-year-old American forward made his first start for the club in Saturday's 2-1 loss at Manchester City.
The 19-year-old American has been putting in some superb displays for the Under-21s this season.