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Wayne Rooney to captain England team

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LONDON (AP) — Wayne Rooney has been named England captain, taking over the leadership role of an inexperienced team in a rebuilding phase following its worst-ever World Cup.

England coach Roy Hodgson confirmed the Manchester United player’s appointment — from a small pool of potential captains — while naming the squad for England’s first European Championship qualifier against Switzerland on Sept. 8 and a friendly against Norway on Wednesday.

Defenders Calum Chambers and Danny Rose, and midfielders Jack Colback and Fabian Delph were called up for the first time.

Rooney has been handed the symbolically-prestigious captaincy role following Steven Gerrard’s international retirement.

 

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