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Wayne Rooney new England captain: Manchester United striker handed the armband

Rooney takes over from Steven Gerrard

Wayne Rooney has been named as England's new captain by manager Roy Hodgson.

The Manchester United striker has won 95 caps for the national side since making his debut 11 years ago in a friendly against Australia in February 2003. He has scored 40 international goals.

The 28-year-old takes over the armband from Steven Gerrard, who retired from international football after England's woeful showing at the World Cup in Brazil, where they failed to progress past the group stage.

Rooney says taking the captaincy is a "dream come true", and that he will will speak to his predecessor Gerrard about the role.

"To be named as the England captain is a dream come true for me personally and of course for my family.  It is something I will take massive pride in doing," he told official website.

"I intend to speak with Steven about different aspects of the role.  We had a great relationship from the moment we played together for our country right up to our final game in Brazil.  I am sure if I ever need to seek his advice he will be there to help."

Hodgson added: "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."

Wayne Rooney is England's new captain Wayne Rooney is England's new captain

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."

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