Wayne Rooney has been appointed the new England captain, coach Roy Hodgson has confirmed.
Rooney was always the likely replacement for the retired Steven Gerrard and will now lead his nation through their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
England also saw Frank Lampard walk away from international football on Tuesday, making Rooney comfortably the most experienced member of Hodgson's squad.
"I gave it a lot of thought but I think Wayne is an obvious choice, to be honest. He certainly deserves it," Hodgson said on Thursday.
"I think he's the right choice. I think he's the right man. I think he'll take on the job with enormous enthusiasm.
"He is now the captain of Manchester United.
"I'm pleased to say that I've been able to offer it to him and I've had a long conversation with him. He wants to take on that enormous responsibility.
"With his 95 caps and all the goals he has scored [40 for England] and all the things he has already done from such a young age, he is prepared to take responsibility.
"All I can hope for really is that he continues to play well and that he shoulders the responsibility of captaincy as well as the captains before him."
Hodgson rejected the suggestion that Rooney's captaincy heralded a new England era, though, and wants his side to build on their progress since he took charge in 2012.
"I think we were bitterly disappointed not to do well in the World Cup," he added.
"After the preparation and how we did in the first game, we had high hopes.
"I think it's more a question of continuing…continuing a line we have already started on, which is giving younger players a chance to play."
Rooney said Hodgson's decision to give him the captaincy was a "dream come true" and that he would seek out Gerrard for tips on how to deal with the role.
"To be named as England captain is a dream come true for me personally, and of course my family," he told the Football Association's website.
"It is something that I will take massive pride in doing. As a kid I always loved watching a big England game on the television.
"Back then I had a burning ambition to play for my country. To be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams.
"I would obviously like to thank Roy and the coaching staff for having the belief and confidence in me to do the job.
"I have played under some fantastic captains at both Manchester United and England and would hope that I have picked up some of their strongest qualities.
"I intend to speak with Steven about different aspects of the role. We had a great relationship from the moment we played together for our country and right up to our final game in Brazil. I am sure if ever I need to seek his advice he will be there to help.
"I would hope that I have the full backing of the fans, I am their type of player.
"My only thought is to win and give everything I have got, and that desire will be the way I want to captain the team.
|I sent 10 messages a day - Montella pestered Milan chiefs to attempt Bonucci coup|
|Defoe dreaming of World Cup call-up|
|MLS Review: Timbers, Sounders claim important conference wins|
|Mexico 0 Jamaica 1: Late Lawrence stunner sinks defending champions|
|Vardy: I have no regrets after turning down Arsenal|
|Conte believes Fabregas could be key for Chelsea|
|Blanc: Difficult for Verratti to leave PSG|
|Mourinho praises Martial but wants consistency from United star|
|Morata backed for Chelsea success by Spanish duo|
|Zidane: I haven´t asked for a forward amid Mbappe links|
|Henry: Messi´s development not yet over|
|De Boer compares Zaha to Neymar|
|Neymar could take PSG to next level – Blanc|
|Real Madrid 1 Manchester United 1 (1-2 pens): De Gea proves his worth to Mourinho|
|Belotti scores in Torino win, Terry lifts bizarre Cup of Traditions|
|PSG cannot get Sanchez so they go for Neymar - Wenger|
|De Rossi: Juventus have no weaknesses|
|He´s staying - Pique eases Barcelona fears over Neymar|
|Bordeaux to sign Arsenal flop Wellington Silva|
|Markovic free to leave Liverpool, says Klopp|
|WATCH: Insane hailstorm leads to friendly cancellation|
|Terry lifts bizarre trophy as Aston Villa claim Cup of Traditions crown|
|Kolarov: Lazio was a good experience, but they are my rivals|
|Dybala not worth as much as Neymar - Chiellini|
|Ronaldo: Being better than Messi is my motivation|
|Lahm named German Footballer of the Year 2017 after retirement|
|Danilo sets out Man City Champions League ambition|
|Neymar will stay at Barcelona, insists Marlon|
|Cahill named new Chelsea captain by Conte|
|Kenedy ´strongly reprimanded´ as Chelsea apologise again to people of China|
|Klopp expects Can stay after ´good talks´ over new Liverpool contract|
|Perisic can leave if Manchester United make serious offer – Spalletti|
|Shaw, Young and Rojo have ´no chance´ for start of new season|
|Rooney one of the best in his position - Koeman|
|Leaving on a jet plane - Mendy flies off to LA as Man City move nears|
|Bilic hails arrival of ´massive player´ Arnautovic|
|Bosz: Aubameyang to China talk is ´nonsense´|
|El Salvador´s Romero banned for biting Altidore|
|Real Madrid defender Danilo joins Manchester City|
|Pedro travels home after suffering concussion|
|MLS Review: Villa, New York City end Chicago run as Dallas go top|
|Costa Rica 0 United States 2: Dempsey equals Donovan record in win|
|Valverde: Barcelona must keep Neymar|
|Paris Saint-Germain 2 Tottenham 4: Eriksen, Alderweireld score stunning goals|
|De Gea definitely staying at Man United – Mourinho|
|Mourinho rules out United move for Bale|
|Juventus 1 Barcelona 2: Neymar shines with superb brace|
|Rooney scores again for Everton as Sevilla are shocked|
|Roma sign Kolarov from Man City for €5m|
|Neymar starts for Barca amid increasing PSG speculation|
|Zidane: Morata exit leaves Madrid a striker short|
|Sporting CP 2 Monaco 1: Jardim defeated in Lisbon return|
|I have never denied Ronaldo reports - Zidane|
|Bacca left out because of ´future transfer market moves´ - Montella|
|Danilo leaves Madrid training camp ahead of expected Man City move|
|VfL Bochum 2 Borussia Dortmund 2: Castro and Pulisic spare Bosz´s blushes|
|Chelsea apologise for Kenedy comments|
|West Ham bring in Arnautovic from Stoke in club-record deal|
|Randolph joins Middlesbrough in £5m move|
|Sanchez to PSG branded ´media imagination´ by Wenger|
|´Key player´ Coutinho settled at Liverpool, warns Klopp|
|Ancelotti shocked by Bayern´s AC Milan thrashing|
|Pedro taken to hospital after Ospina collision|
|Bayern´s Bernat suffers ankle ligament damage|
|Liverpool 2 Leicester City 1: Coutinho shines as Klopp´s men prosper|
|Biglia unveiled as Milan´s number 21|
|Arsenal 0 Chelsea 3: Batshuayi brilliance downs Gunners|
|Montella won´t discuss deal for ´talented´ Renato Sanches|
|West Brom 0 Crystal Palace 2: Sako on target for De Boer´s men|
|Modric inherits Madrid´s ´cursed´ number 10 from James|
|Bayern Munich 0 AC Milan 4: Ancelotti´s side battered as Bonucci makes debut|
|Hodgson claims Barkley needs new club to thrive|
|I had no problems with Allegri - Bonucci|
|Manchester United signed Lukaku at the perfect time – Van Nistelrooy|
|Leicester vice-president insists there is ´no real offer´ for Mahrez|
|Pele´s son returns to prison|
|Lacazette will need time, warns Arsenal great Pires|
|Juve boss Allegri doesn´t fear losing Dybala to Barca|
|Bonucci: I didn´t feel important at Juventus|
|Ronaldo presented with Orlando City jersey|
|Valverde: No need to worry about Neymar-PSG links|
|Dortmund deny Aubameyang´s set for CSL|
|Di Maria: Barca star Neymar welcome at PSG|
|Orlando City 0 Atlanta United 1: Villalba´s late stunner sinks Kaka´s men|
|De Bruyne: Don´t compare Lukaku to Messi|