Manchester 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 3 September in a friendly before their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign starts in Switzerland on 8 September.
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.”
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