Rooney can’t wait to be full-time captain of England

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2012, 19:56 PM IST

London: Wayne Rooney has said he would be more than happy to become England`s full-time captain in future after leading the Three Lions to a 5-0 thrashing of San Marino on Friday in a World Cup qualifying match at Wembley.

The Manchester United striker celebrated leading his country on home soil for the first time by scoring twice to move to fifth in their all-time leading scorer list.

The 26-year-old will return the armband to Steven Gerrard for Tuesday`s trip to Poland but made it clear he would love to succeed his fellow Liverpudlian in the role.

"If you can get the opportunity to captain your country, it`s something which I think - as a player - you need to grab with both hands," a daily quoted Rooney, as saying.

"In the future, hopefully that`ll happen. But, at the minute, Steven`s our captain and he`ll lead by example for us," he added.

"To actually lead a team out, you look up, you see the crowd and - the atmosphere - it`s quite a feeling. To captain your country at Wembley is the greatest honour you can have," he said.

Rooney, added: "It`s something that, as a young boy, you dream of and to actually do it is a great honour for me something which I`ll take and cherish for the rest of my life."