Rooney named new captain and quartet of debutants in England squad

Rooney has scored 40 goals for England

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has been named as the new England captain, replacing Steven Gerrard

The 28-year-old was the favourite to take on the role, and Roy Hodgson announced that his star striker would lead the Three Lions in a new conference today.

Rooney has scored 40 goals in 95 appearances for England, and was recently named Manchester United’s new skipper under manager Louis van Gaal, but United have endured a tough start to the season, losing to Swansea and being thrashed by League One MK Dons.

Hodgson also announced the squad for the upcoming friendlies against Norway and Switzerland before Euro 2016 qualifying.

Four debutants have been named in the squad – Arsenal defender Calum Chambers, Tottenham wing-back Danny Rose, Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback and Aston Villa man Fabian Delph.

The full squad is below:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Everton)

Midfielders: Jack Colback (Newcastle United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)


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