Breaking: Manchester United Star Wayne Rooney Named As New England Captain

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The Red Devils skipper also takes the armband for his nation.

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England manager Roy Hodgson has named Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney as Steven Gerrard’s successor as captain just weeks after he was given the armband by his club.

Rooney was thought to be in a three-horse race to be named skipper along with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Joe Hart of Manchester City, but was always the favourite to be given the honour.

With Nemanja Vidic leaving Old Trafford for Inter Milan this summer the 28-year-old has also been tasked with leading the Red Devils by new boss Louis van Gaal and it is emerging as a year of responsibility for the attacker.

Following the retirement of Ashley Cole, Gerrard and Frank Lampard in 2014, Rooney is now the most capped Three Lions star who is still playing with 95 appearances to his name to date.

The United ace made his debut for the nation back in 2003 aged just 17-years-old, which at the time made him the youngster ever player to represent the country – a record that has since been broken by Theo Walcott.

Since then Rooney has scored 40 goals for England which puts him level as the fourth highest along with Michael Owen and just nine strikes of Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time record.

The striker will now lead the team during their Euro 2016 qualification campaign, which begins with a tricky away trip to Switzerland on September 8.

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