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Wayne Rooney named England captain while Colback and Chambers called up

Roy Hodgson cited Rooney as the natural replacement to the retiring Steven Gerrard

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Roy Hodgson gives Rooney the armband and selects four uncapped players for matches against Norway and Switzerland

Wayne Rooney has unsurprisingly been named as England captain, with the Manchester United forward now skipper of his country as well as his club.

Roy Hodgson cited Rooney as the natural replacement to the retiring Steven Gerrard, with Frank Lampard having also announced his retirement in recent days.

However, of more interest is the fact that Jack Colback, Calum Chambers, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph have all been called up, with Chambers having already acquitted himself well since arriving at Arsenal this summer.

Colback made the switch from Sunderland to Newcastle a couple of months ago, with Rose on the books at Tottenham and Delph looking to have a breakthrough season at Aston Villa.

Several players are out injured for the upcoming friendly matches, with Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw among those players missing from the new-look 22-man party.

Everton’s John Stones is also included despite struggling to get into the Toffees first team at the moment.

England squad
Forster (Southampton), Foster (West Brom), Hart (Manchester City); Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Chambers (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), Jones (Manchester United), Rose (Tottenham), Stones (Everton); Colback (Newcastle), Delph (Aston Villa), Henderson (Liverpool), Milner (Manchester City), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Sterling (Liverpool), Townsend (Tottenham), Wilshere (Arsenal); Lambert (Liverpool), Rooney (Manchester United), Sturridge (Liverpool), Welbeck (Manchester United).