Wayne Rooney is new England football captain

  • 28 August 2014
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Why Rooney's the man for the job

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is the new England football captain, manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Rooney takes over from Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, who retired after England's exit from the 2014 World Cup.

Rooney has 40 goals in 95 games for England, and was made club captain by United boss Louis van Gaal this month.

England play Norway at Wembley on 3 September in a friendly before their Euro 2016 campaign starts in Switzerland on 8 September.

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Wayne Rooney England facts
Rooney became the youngest player to play for England when he appeared in a friendly against Australia on 12 February, 2003. He was 17 years and 111 days old, a record beaten by Theo Walcott who was 36 days younger on his debut.
On 6 September, 2003, Rooney became England's youngest goalscorer when he scored in a 2-1 European Championship qualifier win over Macedonia.
On 11 October 2013, Rooney became England's highest scorer in competitive games, breaking Michael Owen's record of 26 goals, when scored first in a 4-1 World Cup qualification win over Montenegro.
Rooney's goal in the 2-1 World Cup loss against Uruguay was his 40th in internationals, making him England's fourth-highest scorer alongside Owen.

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