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Rooney named new England captain

English.news.cn   2014-08-28 23:14:07

LONDON, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been named the new England captain by manager Roy Hodgson prior to their international friendly against Norway on Sept. 3.

The 28-year-old, who became the skipper of his club two weeks ago by manager Louis van Gaal, replaced Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, who announced his retirement from the national team after the Brazil World Cup.

Rooney has won 95 caps and scored 40 goals.

"It is something I will take massive pride in doing. To be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams," said Rooney on his official website.

Hodgson said: "I gave it a lot of thought but Wayne is an obvious choice. He's the right man and he'll show enormous enthusiasm and responsibility."

He added, "Rooney's ascent to the captaincy is not simply a case of last man standing, it is well merited on the basis of his efforts on and off the pitch in that abysmal Brazilian summer."

Hodgson added: "I've had a long conversation with him and he's prepared to accept the pressures that the England captaincy brings.

"In the two years that we've been working together I've had no reason to question his character, desire to play for the country and wholehearted willingness to offer himself in every situation."

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Everton)

Midfielders: Jack Colback (Newcastle United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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