Rooney named England captain and fulfils 'dream'
LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named the new captain of England on Thursday.
Rooney, who succeeds Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, will lead his country in a friendly against Norway on Sept. 3 and their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland on Sept. 8.
"To be named as England captain is a dream come true for me personally and, of course, for my family," Rooney, who has scored 40 goals in 95 international appearances, said in a statement.
"It is something I will take massive pride in doing.
"As a kid I always loved the occasion of watching a big England game on the television," the 28-year-old added. "Back then I had a burning ambition to play for my country. Now to be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams."
Coach Roy Hodgson made the announcement at a media conference at Wembley as he unveiled his squad for the fixtures against Norway and Switzerland.
"I gave it a lot of thought but Wayne is an obvious choice," Hodgson told reporters.
"He deserves it - his commitment to the cause, his experience. He has captained England in the past and, of course, he has that responsibility at Manchester United now.
"I've had a long conversation with him and he's prepared to accept the pressures that the England captaincy brings. It's important that the player wants to take on that enormous responsibility." Continued...