Roy Hodgson has named Wayne Rooney as the new England captain. The role was vacant due to Steven Gerrard‘s international retirement following the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Rooney, who was recently named Manchester United captain, will also relish his new England responsibility and will wear the armband with real pride. Rooney has stacked up 95 games for his national side and scored 40 goals in the process. He has also been captain before but only on temporary basis. The Manchester United forward was the favorite and obvious choice to be Gerrard’s successor so it comes as no real surprise.
Despite England having a poor World Cup, there is a real optimism of belief that they are on the rise. The youthfulness of Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Luke Shaw among others give the England fans real belief going forward. Rooney makes his first national captain appearance when the Three Lions entertain Norway at Wembley on Sept. 3. Not only has Hodgson named Rooney captain, but he has included four uncapped players in his latest squad: Arsenal‘s Callum Chambers, Newcastle United‘s Jack Colback, Aston Villa‘s Fabien Delph and Tottenham Hotspur‘s Danny Rose.
Rooney, who is known for his hard style and opinionated voice on the pitch, makes the perfect replacement for Gerrard. Former vice-captain Frank Lampard recently announced his international retirement too, which has paved the way for the 28-year-old to take over the responsibility.
After England face Norway in the friendly, they look towards their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign when they travel to Switzerland five days later. Rooney and England will be looking for a winning start and to hit the ground running in their quest to reach France in 2016.