Wayne Rooney has been named the new England captain by manager Roy Hodgson in a press conference as he revealed his squad selection for the up and coming Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Speaking on why he chose Rooney for captaincy, Hodgson said: ""Wayne is an obvious choice for his honesty, commitment to the cause, his experience, the fact he has already captained England in the past."
"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."
Asked if appointing Rooney with captaincy would improve his performances, Hodgson was cautious to heighten expectation.
"I try to shy away from that," he said.
"I think it's dangerous to demand that of people. We see so often in the past it takes you on to a new level but with 95 caps and all the goals he's scored, all the things he's done, we've already seen he's prepared to take responsibility.
"We hope he continues to push on, he continues to play well and he shoulders the responsibility of the captaincy as well as the other captains before him.
Rooney has currently amassed 95 caps for his country, scoring 40 goals - 9 away from equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's all time record.
Speaking to the media about what captaincy meant to him, Rooney stated: "To be named as the England captain is a dream come true for me personally and of course for my family. It is something I will take massive pride in doing," he told official website.
"I intend to speak with Steven about different aspects of the role. We had a great relationship from the moment we played together for our country right up to our final game in Brazil. I am sure if I ever need to seek his advice he will be there to help."