Flanker Chris Robshaw will captain England in their opening Six Nations rugby match against Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday in just his second international appearance.
The Harlequins flanker, who made his only England appearance against Argentina in 2009, was preferred to hooker Dylan Hartley after Tom Wood - initial favourite for the job - was ruled out of the first two matches of the tournament with a foot injury.
Robshaw takes over from Lewis Moody, who retired from international rugby following last year's World Cup.
The 25-year-old Harlequins skipper has captained England in non-cap matches and also led the second-string Saxons side.
Caretaker coach Stuart Lancaster, who has replaced Martin Johnson for the duration of the Six Nations, will name his team on Friday.