Wayne Rooney is adamant that he’s ready to put his turbulent past behind him and captain England into a new era.
The Manchester United forward was named as the Three Lions’ new skipper following Steven Gerrard’s decision to retire after the abysmal showing at the World Cup in Brazil.
Roy Hodgson’s men were eliminated after just two games, and failed to register a single win as Costa Rica, Uruguay and Italy all finished above them in Group D.
England’s squad for the friendly with Norway tomorrow is a youthful one, and Rooney says that he’s ready to take the responsibility of the armband and help to usher in a new generation:
“I want to be successful and for this team to be. We all want that and are working hard for that. This is the start of a new chapter.” He is quoted by The Mirror.
“It’s important being captain that you try to be the leader, especially with so many young players.
“That means taking the responsibility of being role model for young kids.
“I had a few issues in my younger days but now feel prepared to take that responsibility.
“It will be a special moment for myself and my family. Playing for England is a great honour and I’ve always turned up when I’ve been fit. To walk out as captain will be a great honour for me.”
Rooney’s career for both club and country has been a turbulent one, with his fiery nature having landed him in hot water on numerous occasions.