Ian Rush and Gary Lineker amongst those to congratulate Wayne Rooney on England captaincy

Amongst those sending their congratulations where former Liverpool and Tottenham strikers, along with Jamie Carragher.

Wayne Rooney was today announced as the new England captain by manager Roy Hodgson at a news conference at Wembley Stadium.

Rooney has received congratulations from several ex-professional footballers, some who haven't played for England.

Amongst them have been former Tottenham and Everton striker Gary Lineker, with the Match of the Day host likely to have the opportunity to quiz him at a major tournament in the future.

Lineker knows all about the pressures of captaining his country and sent his best wishes to the Manchester United forward.


Former Liverpool and Wales striker Ian Rush also sent his congratulations to the Manchester United forward on twitter, though that probably hasn't been well receieved by fans of the club or the country he used to play for, saying he deserved the honour of leading the Three Lions.


Rooney was described as the obvious choice by Roy Hodgson and has nearly double the amount of England caps than the next experienced international player that is part of the squad to face Norway and Switzerland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Rooney has 95 caps, whilst James Milner is the second most experienced England international within the setup with 48.

Former Liverpool defender turned Sky Sports Pundit also sent his congratulations to Rooney, and alluded to both the current and previous England captains roots from Merseyside with some light hearted banter.

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