Rooney Named England Captain

Manager Roy Hodgson has named Wayne Rooney, Manchester United striker as Captain of the English national team.

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,” Rooney said.

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 also 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.

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