Rooney Named England Captain

RooneyEngManchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been named the new England captain by manager Roy Hodgson.

The 28-year-old takes over from Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, who retired after England’s World Cup elimination.

Rooney has 40 goals in 95 appearances, and was named club captain by United boss Louis van Gaal earlier this month.

“It is something I will take massive pride in doing. To be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams. “ said Rooney on his official website.

England play Norway at Wembley on September 3 in a friendly before their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign starts in Switzerland on September 8.

Hodgson has named four uncapped players in his latest squad, with Arsenal’s 19-year-old defender Calum Chambers, and Newcastle’s Jack Colback, Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph, all 24, in line to make their international debuts.

Speaking on Rooney’s appointment, Hodgson said: “I gave it a lot of thought but Wayne is an obvious choice.

“He’s the right man and he’ll show enormous enthusiasm and responsibility.”

Hodgson added: “I’ve had a long conversation with him and he’s prepared to accept the pressures that the England captaincy brings.

“In the two years that we’ve been working together I’ve had no reason to question his character, desire to play for the country and wholehearted willingness to offer himself in every situation.”   BBC

 

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