FOREST Green striker James Norwood will captain his country for the first time on Tuesday, as England C take on Turkey in Istanbul.

Norwood, 24, has been handed the honour to lead Paul Fairtclough’s side out for the Three Lions' opening International Challenge Trophy match.

“ I am just over the moon really,” said Norwood, who will win his seventh cap.

“It shows how far I've come in a short space of time. The gaffer (Paul Fairclough) told me last trip he thought I was the most natural leader since the late Mitchell Cole. He named the team in front of the lads, was a bit impromptu and said I would lead us out.”

Norwood is joined in the squad by Forest Green team-mate Elliott Frear.

England C squad: Jordan Roberts (Aldershot Town) Andy Yiadom (Barnet) Lee Brown & Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) Jamie Butler (Concord Rangers) Marc Roberts & Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) James Norwood & Elliott Frear (Forest Green Rovers) Callum Kitscha (Hayes & Yeading United) Cheyenne Dunkley (Kidderminster Harriers) Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town) James Comley (St Albans City) Jake Gallagher (Welling United) Josh Payne (Woking) Louis Moult (Wrexham).