Robert Earnshaw 'honoured' to be Wales captain

Rob Earnshaw
Earnshaw will win his 53rd Wales cap against Scotland in Dublin

Striker Robert Earnshaw has spoken of his pride after his appointment as Wales' captain for the game against Scotland.

Wales will field a side consisting of Championship players for the match in Dublin in the Carling Nations Cup on Wednesday.

And in the absence of regular captain Aaron Ramsey, Earnshaw has been named skipper for the first time.

"It's an honour," said Nottingham Forest striker Earnshaw.

Earnshaw, who will who win his 53rd cap against Craig Levein's side at the Aviva Stadium insists he will not be affected by the burden of captaincy.

"I've always played in a way I will take whatever happens on the pitch in my stride," said Earnshaw.

"It's no different for me. It's an extra boost more than anything. When a manager decides you're captain it gives you an extra boost.

"For me it's going to be a special night. Everything else will be the same because I'm going out there to enjoy it, but I'm going to enjoy it even more now."

Earnshaw has happy memories of facing Scotland after scoring a hat-trick in a 4-0 friendly win at the Millennium Stadium in 2004.

"I remember it like it was yesterday," said Earnshaw, who spent time on loan with Greenock Morton early in his career. "For me it was one of my most special moments.

"It was a day where everything was going right for the team and everybody was playing well and on top of it I got a hat-trick.

"I definitely remember it now so I'll remember it in 50 years."

Earnshaw was also on the winning side when Wales faced Scotland at the Cardiff City Stadium in November 2009.

He was a second-half substitute when John Toshack's side won 3-0, a game which proved to be George Burley's last stand as Scottish boss.

"We've had some great results playing against Scotland," added Earnshaw. "Tomorrow hopefully won't be any different.

"We enjoy the games against the home nations. We've got a good squad, good players that will relish that chance of playing against Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"I'm just hoping we can progress for the manager and take on what he's trying to give us.

"If we can win it's going to boost the whole team's morale, especially going into Friday's game [against Northern Ireland]."

Earnshaw was part of the Nottingham Forest side that missed out on promotion to the Premier League following a play-off semi-final defeat against Swansea.

His contract with the City Ground side expires during the summer and Earnshaw is unsure where he will be playing next season.

"I'm obviously a free agent in the next month or so," said the former Cardiff City player.

"Forest have been very good to be fair. I still need to speak to Forest and still need to tie some things down.

"I don't know what's going to happen. I don't know where I'm going to be playing next year.

"I've got to focus on what we're doing with Wales for the next few days, the maybe we can really start focusing on my own future."

Wales squad: Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion), Lewis Price (Crystal Palace); Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), Danny Collins (Stoke City), Adam Matthews (Cardiff City), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Danny Gabbidon (West Ham United), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City), Craig Morgan (Preston North End), Neil Taylor (Swansea City); Jack Collison (West Ham United), David Cotterill (Swansea City), Owain Tudur Jones (Norwich City), Andy King (Leicester City), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal, capt), David Vaughan (Blackpool), Andy Dorman (Crystal Palace), Owain Tudur Jones (Norwich City); Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace), Craig Bellamy (Manchester City, on loan Cardiff City), Rob Earnshaw (Nottingham Forest), Freddie Eastwood (Coventry City), Steve Morison (Millwall), Sam Vokes (Wolverhampton Wanderers).