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Request Granted: Wayne Rooney Named England Captain

Wayne Rooney to lead England against Switzerland in Euro 2016 qualifiers on September 8

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New England captain Wayne Rooney

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Rooney will be wearing the captain’s armband when England begin campaign for the 2018 European Championship qualifiers

Manager Roy Hodgson named his squad for the country’s forthcoming international friendlies named the United skipper captain

Rooney was best suited for the position after the retirement of former skipper Steven Gerrard, and vice Frank Lampard

“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,” Hodgson said

He has capped 95 times for the Three Lions, 20 behind Beckham, and Peter Shilton

28 year-old Rooney is expected to lead the first time as captain in friendly against Norway and Euro 2016 qualifier Switzerland in Basel on September 8

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