Wayne Rooney has revealed his delight after being named England captain by manager Roy Hodgson.
The Manchester United striker, who received the armband on a permanent basis from his club side earlier in the month, is set to lead his country in the upcoming clashes against Norway and Switzerland.
"Being named England captain is a dream come true and something I will take great pride in doing,” he wrote on his official website.
Hodgson's England squad
“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.
“As a kid I always loved the occasion of watching a big England game on the television. Back then I had a burning ambition to play for my country. Now to be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams.
“I would like to thank Roy and the coaching staff for having the belief and confidence in me to do the job.”
Hodgson sprung a number of surprises in his 22-man Three Lions squad for the friendly at Wembley and then opening European Championship qualifier in Basel. Danny Rose, Jack Colback, Calum Chambers and Fabian Delph have all been included.
There was no surprise to see Rooney’s name on the squad list, released earlier today, and the forward will be eager to add to his 40 international goals at the first opportunity with the band now permanently on the arm.
Rooney has made 95 appearances for England, with his debut coming way back in 2003 in a 3-1 friendly defeat to Australia at Upton Park.
He then burst onto the scene at Euro 2004, scoring four goals in the tournament before injury brought an end to both his and England’s campaign in the quarter-finals against Portugal.
Captain under Capello
His first start as captain came back in 2009 under Fabio Capello in a 1-0 friendly defeat against Brazil in Doha, and the armband has also been passed his way in the Hodgson era when required.
However, in the wake of Steven Gerrard’s retirement from international football following the 2014 World Cup, it’s now Rooney’s honour to captain his country moving forward towards Euro 2016.
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