Rooney named England captain

Wayne Rooney has succeeded Steven Gerrard as England captain, BBC Sport has reported.

Gerrard retired from international football following the World Cup and Manchester United striker Rooney has been given the armband by manager Roy Hodgson. He was earlier this summer named the new captain of United following the departure of Nemanja Vidic.

“It is something I will take massive pride in doing. To be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams,” Rooney said.

“I gave it a lot of thought but Wayne is an obvious choice,” Hodgson added. “He deserves it. He has captained England in the past and has that responsibility at Manchester United. “I’ve had a long conversation with him and he’s prepared to accept the pressures that the England captaincy brings.”

Rooney has 95 caps for England after making his debut against Australia in a friendly played at West Ham’s Upton Park in 2003. He was at the time the youngest England international – since surpassed by Theo Walcott – and has 40 goals for his country to his name.

The 28-year-old has previously captained England on occasion but will lead the team out for the first time as the permanent skipper on September 3, when Norway visit Wembley for a friendly, while five days later Switzerland are the opposition in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

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