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By ESPN Staff

Rooney wants to be part of Capello 'legend'

Wayne Rooney has vowed to help Fabio Capello become an England 'legend'.

Speaking for the first time since the Italian was appointed national team boss, Rooney revealed his excitement at the arrival of the former AC Milan, Juventus, Roma and Real Madrid coach and said he cannot wait to meet him.

Capello will start work on January 7 and Manchester United striker Rooney is already thinking about February's friendly against Switzerland at Wembley.

'I'm looking forward to it,' said the striker, speaking at a sponsored by you visit to Wellington School, Altrincham.

'It's always exciting when you get a new manager and you don't know if he's going to change things or what he's going to do.

'So, of course I'm interested to meet him and work under him. His record is brilliant at club level so I'm sure he can bring something extra to England as well.

'I was pleased when he was appointed actually because, with his record, that's the main thing.

'As an Englishman, you want the best man for the job who is going to try to help us win trophies. And personally I think he is the best man.'

Rooney has promised Capello will have the full backing of the England players for his first game against Switzerland.

'Hopefully we can win something for him and help him become a legend for England,' he said.

'Obviously, the main thing is to win your games. Hopefully we can do that as a team and I'm sure we'll be giving 110% for the new manager.

'But what I'm looking forward to most now is winning trophies. A country with the talent we've got as footballers we should be up there challenging for the main two trophies.'

That process starts with the kick-off of England's World Cup qualifying campaign next autumn.

Rooney added: 'I think we've definitely got the quality to qualify for the next World Cup. It was a big disappointment not qualifying for the Euros but now we've got to look forward and look to get to the World Cup,

'We were all bitterly disappointed not to be at Euro 2008. It's a nightmare to be honest. But we're obviously trying to put that right. We can't look back - we just have to look forward.

'A country like ours, we can't go two major tournaments without qualifying. We have to make sure we do everything right and everything properly for World Cup qualification.'

Capello has already made it clear he wants his players to have huge pride in the England shirt and show passion for their country.

Rooney agreed, saying: 'To play for your country is something I'm extremely proud of. It's a great honour for me and my family and everyone around me. It's something you can't explain, really.

'Every time the national anthem comes on, you get shivers down your spine.

'It's just something I love doing and hopefully I can do it a lot more and bring a trophy back for myself, the team and all the fans as well.'