England manager Roy Hodgson today confirmed that Wayne Rooney will be the new captain of the national side.
The 28-year-old succeeds Steven Gerrard and was given the nod over Joe Hart and Gary Cahill.
Wayne is an obvious choice for his honesty, commitment to the cause, his experience, the fact he has already captained England in the past.
Now of course he’s got that responsibility at Manchester United as well. All those factors weighed into my thought process and I’m pleased to be able to say I’ve been able to offer it to him. I had a long conversation with him and he’s prepared to accept the pressures the England captaincy brings.
- Roy Hodgson
To be named as England captain is a dream come true for me personally and of course my family. It is something that I will take massive pride in doing.
As a kid I always loved watching a big England game on the television. Back then I had a burning ambition to play for my country. To be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams. I would obviously like to thank Roy and the coaching staff for having the belief and confidence in me to do the job.
- Wayne Rooney
Congratulations to Wayne Rooney. The United striker has been named England’s new captain. #mufc
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