Wayne Rooney has spoken of the great honour that representing England will give him.
The Manchester United star is set to lead his country out for the first time since being appointed as national captain by Roy Hodgson tomorrow night against Norway, and he says that he is now in a position of responsibility.
Even so, the 28-year-old is determined not to change his demeanour and insists that he will not alter his style of play despite being handed the armband.
"I'll be myself as captain," he said to the official FA website. "I'm always very demanding of myself and playing for your country that's what everyone has to give.
"It's a great honour to captain my country, I want to be successful and I want this team to be successful. As captain you have to take responsibility and be a role model and that's what I want to do. I love playing for my country."
England go into the game knowing that they need to make a statement if they are to capture the nation’s interest once again.
The Three Lions have lost a lot of support after their constant failings at major tournaments, and one of the most loyal fan-bases in international football are beginning to vote with their feet.
England have sold only 30,000 tickets for the friendly, meaning that they will be playing in a stadium which is less that half full.
It is a sad indictment of the widespread apathy towards international football which has spread throughout the country after this summer’s performance in Brazil.
The World Cup was another failure in a succession of disappointments at major tournaments and it appears to have been the final straw for many.
Hodgson and Rooney are fighting to win supporters back now as a new generation of England stars come through.
The likes of Fabian Delph, Calum Chambers, Danny Rose and Jack Colback were all handed call-ups for the games against Norway and Switzerland, and they are under pressure to perform to ensure that the nation’s interest is heightened once again ahead of Euro 2016.
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