Euro 2016 News: Gerrard & Lampard Retire, Wayne Rooney Named England Captain

by Rory Kernaghan | Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | 0

Wayne Rooney has stepped up to fill the role of captain. England’s 2014 World Cup in Brazil was forgettable at best. The campaign consisted of two losses and one draw for the 1966 champions, and once again the team that gave so much promise was being scrutinized again. For years now, English fans have watched teams full of talent fail to deliver on the big stage. News emerged today that two of the club’s staple players have retired, and one is the captain…


Liverpool midfielder and former England captain Steven Gerrard has called it quits after a 14-year international stint. Having appeared in 114 games (110 starts) during his England duties, Gerrard scored 21 goals for his country. Having debuted just one day after his 20th birthday in 2000, Gerrard was made captain of the side at the age of just 23. After 8743 minutes on the pitch for The Lions, Gerrard will leave a large space to fill in the midfield.

Another player hanging up his boots for England is Frank Lampard. Currently on loan from New York City to Manchester City, Lampard debuted for international duties in 1999, at the age of 21. The former Chelsea star has scored 29 goals and captained The Lions eight times without ever receiving a red card during 106 caps. So who will step in to fill the captaincy and the holes in midfield at Euro 2016?


At the age of 17 years,m 11 days, Wayne Rooney became the youngest player to ever play for England. Then at 17 years, 317 days, the Manchester United front man became the youngest to ever score for the international side. Rooney now has 95 caps for the club, and is tied fourth highest goal scorer with Michael Owen with 40. With 89 starts and 38 full games, Rooney takes up the permanent as captain in Steven Gerrard’s absence.

The question is what can England do to improve their squad in time for the 2016 Euro competition? The Lions recorded two defeats (1-2 against Italy/1-2 against Uruguay) and a 0-0 draw to Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup. Needless to say, there was a lot more expected of the side that boasts some quality Premier League names. Check out what Rooney said on being made captain:

“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.”

This is how the Euro 2016 line-up of Roy Hodgson’s England looks right now:

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Everton)

Midfielders: Jack Colback (Newcastle United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

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