Wayne Rooney has tweeted that it is a "dream come true" to be named England captain.
In an interview on his official website, the Manchester United forward also said he would take "massive pride" in the role.
“As a kid I always loved the occasion of watching a big England game on the television. Back then I had a burning ambition to play for my country. Now to be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams," he said.
Being named England captain is a dream and something I'll take great pride in doing. My exclusive interview is here – http://t.co/RwqO59k0vT
He revealed he planned to speak to former captain Steven Gerrard about the demands of the role.
Roy Hodgson says Wayne Rooney's "commitment to the cause", along with his experience captaining Manchester United contributed to the decision to make him the new England captain.
Roy: Wayne Rooney deserves England armband - his commitment to the cause, his captaincy at Man Utd all played a part in my decision
Wayne Rooney will succeed Steven Gerrard as captain of the England football team, manager Roy Hodgson has announced.
Coleen Rooney, wife of England striker Wayne Rooney, says she is so pleased the couple's two young sons Kai and Klay were able to watch his goal.
The whole family are currently in Brazil.
England has equalised against Uruguay with Wayne Rooney scoring his first World Cup goal.
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Wayne Rooney kissed his son Kai ahead of an England World Cup training session in Portugal.
The Manchester United striker, who was waiting for England manager Roy Hodgson to start the session, picked up his son after the youngster ran towards him.
Rooney and the rest of the England squad are in Vale Do Lobo, Portugal, training for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney's reported £300,000 a week should not be controlled as his talent attracts the high salary, shadow chancellor Ed Balls has suggested.
Mr Balls said in the footballer's case it was perhaps "genuinely the talent getting the pay" as there is "only one Wayne Rooney" who could go anywhere in the world.
Mr Balls made the remarks after he was questioned about Business Secretary Vince Cable's comments in the Observer that he did not understand "why people need a million quid a year".
He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics: "I think in some parts of our economy - when it's not a great idea or when it's not the talent of Wayne Rooney - then you do think to yourself these massive multimillion-pound salaries, it feels like a bit of a Ponzi scheme."
Former Scotland manager Berti Vogts has revealed that he approached a teenage Wayne Rooney about playing for Scotland.
Vogts, who was in charge of Scotland from 2002 to 2004, said he was made aware of a family link when Rooney was a 16-year-old with Everton.
He said: "I spoke to Wayne Rooney - his grandmother, she is Scottish.
"The Scottish Football Association found the grandmother and I made the call. I flew from Glasgow to Everton. He was playing under David Moyes at Everton and I spoke to him - a young lad of 16 years of age. I said to him 'you can play for Scotland'."
Explaining Rooney's reaction, the German coach beat his chest theatrically and said: "(Rooney told me) 'I am English, I am English'. Okay, sorry. You have to speak to the player but he told me 'I'm so sorry boss, I'm English'."
England and Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney has posted pictures of his head injury on Facebook. A warning that the photos are graphic.Read the full story ›
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will miss United's game against Liverpool and could miss England's crucial World Cup games against Moldova and Ukraine after receiving a head injury, the Sunday Mirror has reported.
Rooney is believed to have received 10 stitches for a head gash suffered in training on Saturday.