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Cahill hails Rooney ahead of captain's 100th cap

England defender Gary Cahill has heaped praise on Wayne Rooney ahead of the captain's 100th cap.

"He (Rooney) has come into the role (of captain) fantastically well," Cahill told ITV News, "He's taken the armband and he's been great for us."

"He needs no introduction. He is coming up to his 100th cap which is an amazing achievement for somebody still as relatively young as what he is. He's got many, many years in front of him."

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Hodgson apologised to Rooney over Liverpool accent gaffe

Hodgson has defended his comments about Rooney's accent. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has apologised to Wayne Rooney for a comment he made about the striker's Liverpudlian accent.

When asked about Rooney's capabilities as Three Lions captain earlier this week, Hodgson said:

"Everyone knows Wayne is not the sort of person with his Liverpool accent who is going to be able to stand up in front of a lecture room of people.

"But he doesn't need to. All he has to do is make certain the players he is talking to understand where he is coming from."

But addressing the media ahead of Thursday's Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino, Hodgson admitted he felt compelled to say sorry.

"I apologised about the headline," he explained. "He knows it wasn't aimed at him or anyone from Liverpool. My wife's from Liverpool."

Wayne Rooney: Captaincy 'a dream come true'

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.

He revealed he planned to speak to former captain Steven Gerrard about the demands of the role.

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Hodgson praises Rooney's 'commitment to cause'

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.

Coleen 'so pleased' Wayne Rooney's sons saw goal

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.

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