England Names Wayne Rooney as New Captain

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been named England captain.

The 28-year-old, who was also named Red Devils skipper by Louis van Gaal earlier this month, will lead the Three Lions in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Rooney got the nod ahead of the likes of Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Manchester City’s Joe Hart to become the successor to Steven Gerrard, who retired from international football after the World Cup.

“Wayne is an obvious choice for his honesty, commitment to the cause, his experience, the fact he has already captained England in the past,” Hodgson said.

“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.”

Asked if he expected the move to spur Rooney on to even greater heights, however, Hodgson demurred.

“I try to shy away from that,” he said.

“I think it’s dangerous to demand that of people. We see so often in the past it takes you on to a new level but with 95 caps and all the goals he’s scored, all the things he’s done, we’ve already seen he’s prepared to take responsibility.

“We hope he continues to push on, he continues to play well and he shoulders the responsibility of the captaincy as well as the other captains before him.”

Hodgson made the announcement at the same time that he unveiled his squad for Wednesday’s game against Norway and England’s opening 2016 European Championship qualifier against Switzerland in Basel on September 8.

There were four uncapped players in the squad in the shape of new Arsenal defender Calum Chambers, Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose, Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback and Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph.

Everton’s 20-year-old defender John Stones also earned a recall after being named as a standby player for the World Cup, while Tottenham winger Andros Townsend returned after missing the World Cup through injury.

It is the first squad that Hodgson has named since the World Cup and the first since 34-year-old Gerrard and fellow veteran midfielder Frank Lampard, 36, announced their international retirements.

Another long-serving player, left-back Ashley Cole, called time on his England career after being omitted from the squad for the World Cup.

Glen Johnson, Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley, Theo Walcott, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana were among the players who missed out on a place in the 22-man squad due to injury.

England squad for friendly against Norway and opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland:

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)

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