Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been stripped of the captaincy, head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has announced.

The 24-year-old had spoken of his desire to join a club competing in the Champions League next season during the enforced break, and with just over 12 months left on his contract Saints look set to offload the Denmark international at the end of the campaign.

Speaking at a press conference, Hasenhuttl said:

“No, he will not be the captain. I spoke to him, we have an agreement.”

Hasenhuttl confirmed academy graduate James Ward-Prowse would take the armband for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

Southampton return to Premier League action when they travel to Norwich on Friday evening.

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