Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been named as England’s new skipper by boss Roy Hodgson.
Hodgson has named his squad to face Norway and Switzerland in friendlies next week and, as well as handing Rooney the armband, has included a number of surprising call ups in his ‘new look’ England team.
Those include Newcastle’s Jack Colback and Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph, who are both enjoying their first ever call up to the national side.
In his press conference this afternoon, Hodgson said: “He deserves it through his commitment and cause to his country, and because he is now captain of Manchester United has weighed into my thinking.
“I’ve got to judge him on two years I’ve been working with him. I won’t look into the past and any misdemeanours a player may have had. His whole-hearted willingness to offer himself in every conceivably situation is what has done it for me.“
Wayne Rooney has also spoken of his pride at being named England’s new captain, only weeks after being named the new skipper of Manchester United by Louis Van Gaal.
“As a kid I always loved the occasion of watching a big England game on the television,” he said.
“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’s full squad is as follows…
The full England squad has been announced: pic.twitter.com/NQll0piFBr
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