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England vs Norway
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Tonight is a big night for Wayne Rooney as he will lead the England side out at Wembley Stadium against Norway in what is the first match of his reign as the Three Lions captain.

Rooney was also recently named the Manchester United skipper and the two new senior roles signify a new stage of the former Everton youngster's career; his arrival as the senior man in Roy Hodgson's squad and a challenge to be an effective leader of his national side.

New Era

After Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard both announced their retirement from international football this summer, Rooney was suddenly the most senior man left in the squad and he will be leading a new look England team.

Brazil 2014 was not a pleasant experience for England and their group stage exit will still be a sore subject for those that were involved, many of whom return to the team for the first game after that campaign to forget.

Hodgson is sending out a young side against Norway, but all of them have experience of turning out for the national team and there will be some anticipation at seeing whether they can give a glimpse of building a talented young team.

Here are the teams...

England

Hart; Stones, Jones, Cahill, Baines; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wilshere, Sterling; Rooney, Sturridge. 

Norway

Elabdellaoui, Nordtveit, Forren, Linnes, Skjelbred, Johansen, Yttergård, Jenssen, Dæhli, King, T Elyounoussi.

Future heroes?

One theme that ran through England selection for most of the last decade and a bit was how successive managers could get Gerrard and Lampard to play together in the centre of midfield, a problem that was never solved.

Now, however, there is hope that this pairing between Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson could be a more natural fit. The hard-working and hard-running Liverpool man should, in theory, dovetail well with his Arsenal counterpart, who is the more technically proficient of the two.

Raheem Sterling has started this season in the fashion he finished last and he was one of the standout players in a disappointing World cup campaign, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was cruelly rule out with injury in one of the warm-up matches. Seeing two lightning-quick wide men running at defences will be a refreshing sight.

Meanwhile, young John Stones will make a start at right-back in what is expected to be the first of many starts for England, the Everton youngster's very impressive breakthrough season in the Premier League last term saw him earn a place on the standby list for the World Cup squad.

Wembley is expected to be a tense place after the summer failure, so Rooney will be looking to inspire his young teammates to an entertaining victory ahead of their first Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland on Monday.

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