Sports Wayne Rooney named new England captain

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been named as the new captain of the England national team by manager Roy Hodgson.

Rooney will now be taking over from the retired Steven Gerrard as the new skipper of the Three Lions.

It is coming less than a month that Louis Van Gaal named him as Manchester United captain,saddling him with a dual responsibility.

"Wayne is an obvious choice for his honesty, commitment to the cause, his experience, the fact he has already captained England in the past," England manager Roy Hodgson said.

"Now of course he's got that responsibility at Manchester United as well. All those factors weighed into my thought process and I'm pleased to be able to say I've been able to offer it to him. I had a long conversation with him and he's prepared to accept the pressures the England captaincy brings."

Rooney on his part said: "I hope that I will have the full backing of the fans. I am their type of player once I am on that pitch.

"I will not look on my England career as a success unless we win something.'