CONFIRMED: Wayne Rooney announced as new England captain

Wayne Rooney England friendly

The Manchester United forward succeeds Liverpool's Steven Gerrard as captain of the national side.

England manager Roy Hodgson has appointed Manchester United's Wayne Rooney as the new captain of the national team. 

Hodgson's previous captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from international football after the World Cup, whilst another senior player in Frank Lampard also announced his retirement from playing for England, leaving Rooney as the most senior experienced international player in the squad.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and Chesea defender Gary Cahill were talked up as potential captains but Rooney seemed the natural choice, especially after recently being appointed captain at Old Trafford.

Rooney recently received the backing of Gerrard to take over the captaincy of the side, where the Liverpool man said: “Aside from being a top player, one who commands respect within the group, Wayne is passionate about representing his country and won’t be fazed by the responsibility.”

The 28-year-old has appeared for his country on 95 occasions, scoring 40 goals.

"I think Wayne is an obvious choice. I think he certainly deserves it. His commitment to the cause, his experience and the fact he has already captained England in the past and now of course he's got the responsibility at Manchester United, all those factors weighed in in my thought process.

"I had a long conversation with him and he's prepared to accept the pressures that the England captaincy brings. I think that's quite important these days to be sure that the person you whom you are offering the captaincy wants to take on that enormous responsibility."

Hodgson was speaking at a press conference where he announced the England squad for the internationals against Norway and Switzerland.

There are four new faces in the England squad in the form of Tottenham's Danny Rose, Arsenal's Calum Chambers, Newcastle United's Jack Colback and Aston Villa's Fabian Delph.

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