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Wayne Rooney to captain England team

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

"He certainly deserves it, his commitment to the cause," England coach Roy Hodgson said at Wembley. "He is prepared to accept the pressures the England captaincy brings."

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.

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