Wayne Rooney says that he will seek the advice of Steven Gerrard after being appointed as England captain.
The Manchester United forward is celebrating being handed the armband by his country just weeks after receiving the same honour for his club side.
Louis Van Gaal and Roy Hodgson have both clearly seen the leadership qualities in Rooney and he is now holding a crucial role for both club and country.
The 28-year-old striker says he is honoured to be chosen to lead his nation and suggests that he will speak to his predecessor, Gerrard, to seek his counsel on what the role entails.
“To be named as the England captain is a dream come true for me personally and of course for my family,” Rooney said to his own official site. “It is something I will take massive pride in doing.
“I have played under some fantastic captains at both Manchester United and England and would hope that I have picked up some of their strongest qualities.
“I intend to speak with Steven about different aspects of the role. We had a great relationship from the moment we played together for our country right up to our final game in Brazil. I am sure if I ever need to seek his advice he will be there to help.”
Rooney’s first game as the full-time captain of England is likely to come in the Three Lions' upcoming friendly against Norway on September the 3rd.
He will then lead his country out for the first time in a competitive match when take on Switzerland in qualification for the 2016 European Championship later that week.
It will be a match where England will look to make a statement after a disappointing World Cup.
The Three Lions failed to win in Brazil and there is now an emphasis to focus on the future.
Rooney has been instilled in his new role after the likes of Gerrard and Frank Lampard have both retired from international football and he will be in charge of helping a youthful looking England side to come through.
The United forward has made 95 appearances for England to date, scoring 40 times, and is well on course to become the nation’s leading every scorer if he keeps his scoring rate up.
It is a record that Hodgson says made Rooney an obvious choice to take over from Gerrard.
"I gave it a lot of thought but Wayne is an obvious choice,” The England boss said.
"He's the right man and he'll show enormous enthusiasm and responsibility."