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Football: New captain Rooney yearns for England glory

Published on Sep 3, 2014 6:27 AM
England captain Wayne Rooney (left) listens to manager Roy Hodgson during a news conference at their team hotel in Watford, north of London, Sept 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WATFORD, United Kingdom (AFP) - As he prepares to lead England as captain against Norway on Wednesday, Sept 2, 2014, Wayne Rooney says he will not consider his tenure a success unless it sees him lift a trophy.

The 28-year-old Manchester United striker was last week appointed as Steven Gerrard's successor as skipper after the Liverpool midfielder retired from international football following the World Cup.

With 95 caps to his name, Rooney has at least twice as much experience as any other member of Roy Hodgson's current squad.

He has known nothing but disappointment at the five major tournaments he has played in, but despite England's dismal group-stage exit at the World Cup, he still believes he can inspire the team to glory.

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