File - After Frank Lampard’s international retirement Rooney was clearly the most experienced player in the England squad.
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LONDON: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named the new captain of England Thursday.Hodgson, under pressure as England coach for the first time after his team's poor performance at the World Cup, said he believed Rooney was well suited to the role despite lingering question marks over the player's maturity and temperament.Rooney, who has had on-field disciplinary problems in his career, was sent off playing for England against Portugal at the 2006 World Cup and against Montenegro in a Euro 2012 qualifier.Rooney, born in Croxteth in Liverpool, said he would talk about the role with Gerrard, the midfielder who retired from international football after England's disappointing World Cup in Brazil.Rooney became the then youngest player to play for England when he made his debut against Australia in a friendly in 2003 aged 17 and 111 days.He has captained England on two previous occasions, and played in five major tournaments, but, like every player of his generation, has not tasted significant success in an England shirt.His first goal at a World Cup finals did not arrive until this year, when he scored in England's 2-1 defeat by Uruguay in the group stage.He is, however, on course to break Bobby Charlton's all-time goalscoring record of 49 England goals.
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