England captain Wayne Rooney targets 'new chapter' after World Cup failure
New England captain Wayne Rooney insists he is relishing the chance to lead his country into a successful new era following a dismal World Cup campaign.
Three Lions coach Roy Hodgson installed Rooney as his new captain last week for the 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign, following Steven Gerrard's retirement from international football in the wake of England's group-stage exit in Brazil earlier this summer.
Rooney will lead England out for the first time as full-time captain in Wednesday's friendly against Norway at Wembley, and then in their first Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in Basel on Monday -- and he is thrilled to have been given the nod.
"It's a great honour to captain your country, it's something I'm extremely proud of and I want to be a successful captain," he said.
"I want this team to be successful and I'm sure that all the team want that. We're working hard to to try and get there and tomorrow's the start of a new chapter."
Asked what qualities he thinks he brings to the role of captain, Rooney added: "I think I'm always very demanding, demanding of myself in the way I play and what I expect of myself.
"When playing for your country that's what every player has to give and I know the players will do that.
"I've obviously worked under some fantastic captains in the past and watching them and how they have adapted to the role I will try to take the qualities that they have had and add my own ingredients and hopefully I can be a successful captain."
Rooney briefly addressed England's disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil, which saw them bow out at the group stage for the first time in 56 years, and his determination to banish those painful memories was clear to see.
"Last summer we were all obviously really disappointed," he added. "We went in with high hopes and expected better from the tournament for ourselves. Unfortunately that didn't happen but we have to move on, there's no point looking back."
Following the retirements of Gerrard and Frank Lampard it will be all change in England's midfield, but the Manchester United striker is excited about what the new recruits -- including Calum Chambers, Jack Colback, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph -- can bring to the fold.
"Obviously we've had a few retirements and got young players coming into the squad, which is exciting. These are exciting times," he said.
"The players, you see them week in, week out for their clubs and we need them to bring that form to England and I'm sure we'll do really well."