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Hillsborough anniversary: Liverpool and West Ham observe minute"s silence at Anfield

Solemn silence at Anfield as Liverpool mark the 24th anniversary of Hillsborough tragedy

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

10:50 GMT, 7 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:13 GMT, 7 April 2013

Liverpool paid an emotional tribute to the 96 fans who were tragically killed during the Hillsborough disaster ahead of their game with West Ham today.

The fixture is the Reds last home game before the 24th anniversary of the 1989 tragedy and there was a minute's silence impeccably observed by all supporters in attendance before kick-off.

Tribute: The Liverpool players line-up arm-in-arm for the minute's silence

Tribute: The Liverpool players line-up arm-in-arm for the minute's silence

Fans don't forget: Supporters with T-shirts in memory of the 96 who lost their lives

Fans don't forget: Supporters with T-shirts in memory of the 96 who lost their lives

Honour: West Ham's Liverpudlian captain Kevin Nolan paid tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims

Honour: West Ham's Liverpudlian captain Kevin Nolan paid tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims

The occasion was poignant to Liverpool-born West Ham captain Kevin Nolan.

Speaking before the game, Nolan said he believed it would be a chance to commemorate the success of the inquest into the disaster last year.

'We will honour the memory of the 96 innocent supporters that lost their lives,' he said.

'I have friends who were there that day, so it's going to be an emotional day because they have got the justice they deserved.

'We can commemorate it and the people who have worked so tirelessly to ensure justice was brought.'

Tribute: Anfield will hold a minute's silence before the clash between Liverpool and West Ham

Tribute: Anfield will hold a minute's silence before the clash between Liverpool and West Ham

Dereck Chisora to return to the ring on March 16 – as long as he is granted license

Chisora hopes for ring return in March – as long as he receives licence from British board

By
Martin Domin

PUBLISHED:

12:50 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:52 GMT, 14 January 2013

Heavyweight bad boy Dereck Chisora will return to the ring at Wembley Arena on March 16 – if he is cleared to fight by the British Boxing Board of Control.

The Londoner was stripped of his licence last year after a shameful brawl with David Haye at a post-fight press conference in Munich in February following his defeat by WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko.

The two protagonists settled their differences in the ring at Upton Park in July under the auspices of the Luxembourg Boxing Federation when Haye stopped the 29-year-old in the fifth round.

Back in the ring: Dereck Chisora hopes to be fighting again in March

Back in the ring: Dereck Chisora hopes to be fighting again in March

Chisora, who has taken anger management classes in a bid to convince the Board he is fit to hold a licence, expects to hear shortly whether he will be cleared to fight on the same card as world champions Ricky Burns and Nathan Cleverly and Commonwealth champion George Groves.

'I've been keeping quite busy,' he said. 'I've been in the gym and I've been running.'

Chisora will hope that victory over 10 rounds in March – against an opponent yet to be named – will propel him back among the contenders for a world title or set him up to challenge David Price for his British and Commonwealth belts.

The undefeated Liverpudlian is open to the idea of fighting Chisora but must first face American Tony Thompson on home soil on February 23 at the Echo Arena.

Hillsborough charity single revealed including Alan Hansen, Paul McCartney, Kenny Dalglish and Robbie Williams

Hillsborough charity single revealed: Dalglish and Hansen join McCartney and Robbie in video to raise cash for families of victims

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18:26 GMT, 4 December 2012

Kenny Dalglish, Paul McCartney and Alan Hansen are among the cast of stars of Justice Collective singing on the Hillsborough charity single: He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother.

They are joined by Robbie Williams, Gerry Marsden, Melanie C, Paloma Faith and Shane MacGowan in the bid to raise vital cash for the families continuing to fight for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the 1989.

Liverpudlian Guy Chambers, who is producing the charity single, hopes the single can raise 1million – if it reaches the No 1 spot after official release on December 17.

VIDEO: Justice Collective – He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

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Jamming: Paul McCartney plays guitar in the charity single

Jamming: Paul McCartney plays guitar in the charity single

Alan Hansen (left) and Kenny Dalglish sings along in the group's bid to raise 1million for the victims' families

Alan Hansen (left) and Kenny Dalglish sings along in the group's bid to raise 1million for the victims' families

He told The Mirror: 'I am deeply honoured to be asked to produce this record for the 96.

'If we can help to raise money to support the families’ legal battle so that they finally get their time in court then our job will be done.

'I spent my teenage years in Liverpool and feel a deep affection for both its musical heritage and the unique solidarity of its people.'

Supportive: Mel C and Co are taking part to get justice for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Supportive: Mel C and Co are taking part to get justice for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Pitching in: John Bishop joins in with the rendition

Pitching in: John Bishop joins in with the rendition

He ain't heavy: Former manager Kenny Dalglish and Peter Reid

He ain't heavy: Former manager Kenny Dalglish and Peter Reid

Who's singing what

The road is long – ANDY LAWSON

With many a winding turn – ANDY LAWSON

That leads us to who knows where – GERRY MARSDEN

Who knows when – PAUL HEATON

But I'm strong – GLENN TILBROOK

Strong enough to carry him – GLENN TILBROOK

He ain't heavy, he's my brother – JOHN POWER/ROBBIE WILLIAMS

So on we go – JOHN POWER

His welfare is of my concern – MELANIE C

No burden is he to bear – ROBBIE WILLIAMS

We'll get there – ROBBIE/MELANIE C

For I know – REBECCA FERGUSON

He would not encumber me – HOLLY JOHNSON

He ain't heavy, he's my brother- HOLLY JOHNSON/REBECCA F

If I'm laden at all – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

I'm laden with sadness – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

That everyone's heart – PALOMA FAITH

Isn't filled with the gladness- PALOMA FAITH

Of love for one another – ELIZA DOOLITTLE

It's a long, long road – DAVE McCABE

From which there is no return – PETER HOOTON

While we're on the way to there – REN HARVIEU / JON McCLURE

Why not share- JON McCLURE / REN HARVIEU

And the load – DAVE McCABE

It doesn't weigh me down at all – MACCA

Coz he ain't heavy – MACCA

(He ain’t heavy) – SHANE MACGOWAN

He's my brother – SHANE MACGOWAN/ BEVERLEY K

He's my brother – ALL (most)

He ain't heavy, he's my brother … – ALL (most)

David Price knocks out Matt Skelton to retain British heavyweight title

The Price is right as rapid-fire knockout keeps David on course for world title shot

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22:28 GMT, 30 November 2012

David Price took the next step on the road that could lead to a shot at the world title with a two-round demolition of Matt Skelton.

This has been a year to remember for the towering Liverpudlian and he finished it in the best possible fashion, taking his unbeaten record to a perfect 15-0 and giving himself the platform for a crack at the European crown.

Back at Aintree racecourse, where he had brushed Sam Sexton aside in May to win the vacant British and Commonwealth belts, Price produced his most accomplished display of 2012, pulverising Skelton with a flurry of unstoppable blows.

Too strong: David Price knocks out Matt Skelton (below) and celebrates his victory (above)

Too strong: David Price knocks out Matt Skelton (below) and celebrates his victory (above)

Too strong: David Price knocks out Matt Skelton (below) and celebrates his victory (above)

First to the punch: Price rains blows on Skelton

First to the punch: Price rains blows on Skelton

Though Skelton tried to grapple and impose himself on Price to make this a war of attrition from the outset, Price landed the first telling blows – a right jab and a right hook to rattle his 45-year-old opponent – and he never looked like losing.

This was expected to be a significantly sterner test for Price than one he faced when dispossessing of Audley Harrison in the blink of an eye six weeks ago. Gnarled, experienced and a former World title challenger, he had the tools to take any advantage of any chinks in Price’s armour.

But Skelton simply had no answer to the bombardment that came his way in the second round. A left jab followed by a right-hook was enough to get a partisan crowd on its feet early on and set the alarm bells ringing in Skelton’s corner.

Sensing the opportunity to finish things quickly, Price unleashed a barrage of body shots to pole-axe Skleton, with a short left-hook into his midriff enough to send him crashing to the canvas and prompt the towel to be hurled in after two minutes and 56 seconds.

It was the heaviest defeat Skelton has ever suffered and now Price can start thinking about world dominance. First, however, there maybe a clash with Tyson Fury.

Dodge this: Price aims an uppercut at the Bedford Bear

Dodge this: Price aims an uppercut at the Bedford Bear

Down for the count: Skelton goes to the canvas after a heavy barrage of body blows

Down for the count: Skelton goes to the canvas after a heavy barrage of body blows

Cakewalk: Price (right) turns back to his corner as Skelton is counted out at Aintree Equestrian Centre

Cakewalk: Price (right) turns back to his corner as Skelton is counted out at Aintree Equestrian Centre

David Price ready for Matt Skelton

I won't be Mr Nice in the ring, insists Price ahead of Skelton challenge

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UPDATED:

18:37 GMT, 28 November 2012

Nice guy David Price is happy to keep nurturing his nasty streak as he builds his growing reputation as the hottest property in heavyweight boxing.

The genial Liverpudlian's stock has continued to rise in 2012 with a series of brutal wins brought about by his devastating punching power.

Price, 29, hopes to finish a successful year in style when he defends his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against tough veteran Matt Skelton at Aintree on Friday.

Head to head: David Price (left) takes on Matt Skelton in Liverpool on Friday

Head to head: David Price (left) takes on Matt Skelton in Liverpool on Friday

After destroying other British rivals such as Tom Dallas, John McDermott, Sam Sexton and Audley Harrison in brutal style, the pressure is on for Price to repeat such ferocity.

And the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist admits even he has been taken aback by his explosive power.

'I've surprised myself with my progress at times,' he said. 'I've expected the fights to be a bit more difficult.

'It's the punch power which surprises me because in training I know I can punch, but it's when I put the 10oz gloves on, get in the ring and start punching then that it produces results which I didn't think were possible.

'I have got that nastiness in there. It's something that people always thought I never had. I've heard a lot of people say to me 'you're too nice'.

'But being nice is one thing and being soft is another and I'm not soft.'

Knockout: Price destroyed Audley Harrison in the first round in his last fight

Knockout: Price destroyed Audley Harrison in the first round in his last fight

Price added: 'I might be a nice person but when I'm in that ring a completely different persona comes out. It's heavyweight boxing, at the end of the day.

'If I don't finish the job it can give them an opportunity to take me out. It only takes one punch. So I want to get them out of there as quickly as possible and when I hit someone, I make sure they stay hit.

'That's what boxing is about. It's the noble art. For all the trash talking involved in boxing – which there is a place for, because people get excited about it, but it's not for me – there's always room for gentlemanly conduct as well.

'I just be myself and be normal and it comes across well to the fans as someone they can relate to.

'There's also a market for the trash talk as well, so it creates a nice balance.'

After such progress this year, the selection of Skelton (28-6) as challenger has drawn criticism from some quarters.

On the rise: Price remains unbeaten as he looks to dominate the heavyweight scene

On the rise: Price remains unbeaten as he looks to dominate the heavyweight scene

But while the 45-year-old Bedford brawler's age has unsurprisingly raised eyebrows, the former kickboxing champion arguably poses more of a threat than the timid Harrison managed last time out.

'Matt Skelton's a fighter a lot of fighters would prefer to avoid because he's a tough opponent who can make guys look bad,' said Price (14-0, 12KOs).

'He's fit, he's durable and he's a fighter. I think it's a significant fight for me.

'I haven't been getting many rounds under my belt and I think Skelton will be able to take my punches. If he doesn't then he doesn't and it's a confidence boost for me and if he does, then it's good rounds in the bank for me.'

Mark Clattenburg criticised by both managers on return

Welcome back! Ref Clattenburg slammed by Adkins and Hughton on return

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 28 November 2012

Mark Clattenburg came under fire on his return to Premier League refereeing at St Mary's on Wednesday night.

The 37-year-old official took charge of his first game since being wrongly accused of racially abusing John Obi Mikel on October 28 in the 1-1 draw between Southampton and Norwich.

But Clattenburg ended up being criticised by BOTH managers after the final whistle

Back: Referee Mark Clattenburg returned to duty on Wednesday night

Back: Referee Mark Clattenburg returned to duty on Wednesday night

The Tyne and Wear official missed a Rickie Lambert's handball in the lead up to the striker putting Southampton ahead in the 32nd minute.

And Norwich boss Chris Hughton said: 'I have seen it again and the first impression of the players there were to appeal for handball.

'I spoke to a couple of players that were very close to the incident and they both said it was handball.

'Nothing has changed my mind since seeing it. I think it is a difficult one as there were a lot of bodies there but certainly it was a handball.

'But we showed enough character to get back in and we've done that. We have had two tough away games and we have done well.'

The decisions surrounding both goals may have left the managers frustrated but both were pleased to see Clattenburg refereeing again.

'He is an excellent referee,' Hughton
said. 'I think probably more than the actual performance itself, I
think I speak for most when I say we were absolutely delighted to see
him back.

Under fire: Clattenburg was criticised by both managers after the game

Under fire: Clattenburg was criticised by both managers after the game

'He has a real passion for what he does and he is very, very good at what he does.

'We need as many good referees and them performing week in, week out.'

Saints manager Nigel Adkins was not overly complimentary about Clattenburg on his return to the game.

The Liverpudlian was aggrieved that the referee awarded Norwich the free-kick that led to their goal, and said: 'I didn't think it was a free kick at the time and I still don't after seeing it again.

'I've spoken to [Nathaniel] Clyne who says he touched the ball. We are disappointed it has been given and he made some other interesting calls during the course of the night.

But Adkins also said: 'Of course I am pleased to see him back.

'It was an unfortunate situation that arose and meant he was out for a month, but he is a fine referee and has a great career in front of him.'

Tony Bellew fights through the blood to step closer to world shot

Bellew fights through the blood to step closer to world shot

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UPDATED:

23:09 GMT, 17 November 2012

Tony Bellew survived a nasty cut to
jump a step closer to a world title shot with a unanimous decision win
over Argentina's Roberto Bolonti in Nottingham.

The fiery Liverpudlian was seeking
to build on his recent win over Edison Miranda as he looks to earn a
second bid for world honours.

Bellew had shown his world title
credentials in a premature and unsuccessful shot at Nathan Cleverly's
WBO light-heavyweight title last year and has been rebuilding towards
another crack since then.

Stepping stone: Tony Bellew celebrates his victory over Roberto Bolonti

Stepping stone: Tony Bellew celebrates his victory over Roberto Bolonti

He continued that progress at the Capital FM Arena with a solid win over Bolonti despite suffering a nasty third-round cut above the right eye which had initially looked potentially catastrophic to his hopes.

Tonight's scrap with Bolonti was essentially an eliminator of sorts for the WBC crown, with the body's inconsequential 'silver' belt on the line.

Evertonian Bellew, 29, had a record of 18-1 (12KO wins) heading into the bout while 33-year-old Bolonti (30-1, 19KO wins) was boxing outside Argentina for the first time.

Bellew provided the early pressure and landed a left which wobbled Bolonti mid-round.

Through the gate: Tony Bellew throws a punch

Through the gate: Tony Bellew throws a punch

A right to the top of the head then put Bolonti down, though the South American may have lost his footing.

He beat Victor Loughlin's count and survived the round as Bellew failed to capitalise, despite landing a big right.

The second round was all Bellew until a cheeky right from Bolonti gave him food for thought.

A left hook put Bolonti down in the third but again he rose quickly with a clear head.

He was certainly more wary as a result but things threatened to turn when Bellew suffered a bad cut over the right eye, thought to be from a Bolonti left hook.

Down and out: Tony Bellew knocks Roberto Bolonti down

Down and out: Tony Bellew knocks Roberto Bolonti down

The wound was far from superficial as blood flowed into the Englishman's right eye but Bellew at least had Mick Williamson, a renowned cutsman, in his corner.

A left hook to the body by Bellew punctuated a quieter fifth round with the Briton remaining patient safe in the knowledge Williamson had worked his magic on the cut.

Bellew landed a left uppercut in the ninth which was the best shot of the middle rounds while a left hook to the mid-section was correctly adjudged to have been too low.

A right uppercut seemed to hurt Bolonti and Bellew piled in, landing combinations for the first time in several rounds.

Tough test: Roberto Bolonti gets a shot in against Tony Bellew

Tough test: Roberto Bolonti gets a shot in against Tony Bellew

While the pace was slow and the action fractured, Bellew was winning the rounds with relative ease.

Another uppercut in the 10th led to another aggressive flurry but again Bolonti held it together.

At the final bell the fighters embraced, with both men claiming to have won. But the victory was clearly Bellew's, with scores of 120-106, 119-107 and 120-106.

Ipswich 1 Derby 2 match report: Nathan Tyson winner heaps pressure on Paul Jewell

Ipswich 1 Derby 2: Sub Tyson heaps more pressure on Jewell with late winner

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UPDATED:

21:35 GMT, 23 October 2012

Nathan Tyson came off the Derby bench to net a last-gasp winner and deliver a fresh blow to under-fire home manager Paul Jewell as Ipswich slumped to the foot of the npower Championship.

Jewell revealed on Monday that he would remain in charge of the Suffolk club having considered his future after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Hull.

The Liverpudlian received the complete backing of owner Marcus Evans and his players, among many others, when weighing up his decision and opted to stay, although he acknowledged results must improve and quickly.

Under pressure: Jewell's Ipswich are without a victory in 11 games

Under pressure: Jewell's Ipswich are without a victory in 11 games

Match facts

Ipswich: Henderson, Edwards, Chambers, Higginbotham, Cresswell, Drury (Scotland 63), Reo-Coker, Wellens, Martin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Campbell (Chopra 63).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Hyam, Smith, Mohsni, Carson.

Booked: Martin, Chopra.

Goals: Campbell 24.

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Buxton, Keogh,O'Connor, Coutts, Bryson, Hughes, Jacobs (Davies 75), Robinson (Tyson 81), Sammon.

Subs Not Used: Deeney, Roberts, O'Brien, Bennett, Freeman.

Booked: O'Connor.

Goals: Robinson 40,Tyson 90.

Attendance: 15,417

Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

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However, this result means Ipswich are winless in 11 league and cup games, still without a home victory and bottom of the table following Peterborough's fine home win over high-flying Huddersfield.

Ipswich took a deserved lead after 24 minutes through DJ Campbell's close-range effort but Theo Robinson capitalised on an error from goalkeeper Stephen Henderson to pull Derby level five minutes before the break.

Both sides had chances to win it but the visitors stole the points at the death when Tyson, who only climbed off the bench nine minutes earlier, pounced from close range from Conor Sammon's cross.

Ipswich came flying out of the blocks and Rams goalkeeper Adam Legzdins was forced into three saves inside the opening 10 minutes. Legzdins denied Lee Martin inside a minute – with Andy Drury clearing the bar on the rebound – then tipped Aaron Cresswell's long-range effort around a post before thwarting Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from 12 yards.

Derby, who had drawn their last three games and were unbeaten in four, finally threatened in the 20th minute.

Michael Jacobs, making his first league start, unleashed a shot from 30 yards which was comfortable for Henderson.

On target: Tyson celebrates his winning strike

On target: Tyson celebrates his winning strike

It came as no surprise when Ipswich finally took the lead in the 24th minute. Martin's ball into the box was bundled in by Campbell, scoring for the second time in three appearances.

Emmanuel-Thomas almost made it 2-0 on the half-hour but Legzdins produced a stunning save to tip his six-yard strike around a post.

Jake Buxton headed over a Paul Coutts corner in a rare attack for Derby before Ipswich were punished for another mistake five minutes before the break. Henderson spilled a shot from Sammon and Robinson was on hand to tuck home the rebound, his third goal in four games.

Craig Bryson then fired wide from 12 yards as Derby finished the half on a high. Legzdins continued his impressive night's work when he pulled off another fine stop to turn Cresswell's long-range effort away for a corner seven minutes into the second period.

The Rams went up the other end and twice threatened themselves. First Sammon shot wide from 25 yards after Ipswich failed to clear Brayford's effort, before Jacobs cracked a shot from 25 yards which Henderson parried away.

Having been on the end of some sustained Derby pressure, Ipswich finally managed to break out and a shot from Martin, following a fine run, flashed just wide in the 62nd minute.

Legzdins frustrated Ipswich again with 17 minutes remaining as he kept out Emmanuel-Thomas' 30-yard strike before Coutts drilled a shot just over the bar. Tyson then delivered a sucker punch to Ipswich and Jewell with the late winner.

Paul Jewell staying at Ipswich for Derby game

Under-fire Jewell staying at Ipswich for must-win game against Derby

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11:50 GMT, 22 October 2012

Paul Jewell has revealed he will remain as manager of Ipswich for Tuesday's npower Championship match at home to Derby as pressure mounts on his future.

Former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has been linked with replacing Jewell, who considered quitting the Suffolk club following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Hull left struggling Town winless in 10 games and still second-bottom in the table.

But the Liverpudlian received the complete backing of owner Marcus Evans and his players, among many others, when weighing up his decision and has opted to stay, although he acknowledges results must improve and quickly.

Under pressure: Ipswich manager Paul Jewell faces a must-win game against Derby

Under pressure: Ipswich manager Paul Jewell faces a must-win game against Derby

'I had another restless night on Saturday and then spoke to Marcus Evans (Ipswich's owner) on Sunday afternoon about the situation,' Jewell told the club's official website.

'We had a good chat and yet again he gave me his 100 per cent backing. I couldn't really ask for more support from the owner to be honest.

'I've had text messages of support from the players as well, from other managers and from players who have played for this club – even some I have let go!

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'That has meant a lot to me. I've spoken to the coaching staff and we're now preparing for what is obviously a very important game on Tuesday against Derby.

'I said a few things after Saturday's game – perhaps in the heat of the moment but it's clear that results on the pitch have not been good enough. I can only continue to do my best for this football club to turn things around. That has to happen very quickly though.'

Jewell will now hope to turn matters around against Derby, with whom he endured a failed spell in charge between November 2007 and December 2008 before resigning.

Another former employer are the visitors to Portman Road on Saturday in Sheffield Wednesday, where Jewell spent eight months before his sacking in February 2001.

Wayne Rooney fifth in England all-time scorers" list

Rooney eyes full-time captaincy after surpassing Shearer on scorers list

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22:41 GMT, 12 October 2012

Wayne Rooney admitted he wants the England captaincy full-time after leading his country to a 5-0 thrashing of San Marino on Friday night.

Manchester United striker Rooney celebrated skippering the Three Lions 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.

Finish: Wayne Rooney scored two goals as England battered San Marino 5-0

Finish: Wayne Rooney scored two goals as England battered San Marino 5-0

He said: '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.

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

Friday night was not the first time Rooney had skippered England but it was the first at Wembley.

'To actually lead a team out, you look up, you see the crowd and – the atmosphere – it's quite a feeling,' he added.

'To captain your country at Wembley is the greatest honour you can have.

'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.'

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That included keeping hold of the armband from Friday night's game.

'It's a great honour which I'll keep forever,' said Rooney, revealing he
did not do the same with his shirt, which would have been a prize
souvenir for the San Marino squad.

'I gave it to one of the players,' he added.

'I've given my shorts as well. That's a first.

'It's a great opportunity for them to come to play at Wembley in front of 86,000 fans.'

Rooney was proud to score his 30th and 31st England goals, moving above Sir Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse and Alan Shearer.

'They're fantastic players and to overtake them is great,' he said.

'It's an honour and achievement for me.

Get off: Rooney (right) surpassed Alan Shearer in the all-time goalscorers' list

Get off: Rooney (right) surpassed Alan Shearer in the all-time goalscorers' list

In on the act: Rooney's team-mate Danny Welbeck also bagged a goal

In on the act: Rooney's team-mate Danny Welbeck also bagged a goal

'Hopefully, there are many more. I'm only 26 and a long way to go in my international career.'

Despite scoring five times, Friday night's match was frustrating at
times for England against opponents who showed zero ambition.

Asked if he had ever played in such a one-sided game, Rooney said: 'Not at all.

'It's bit of a weird feeling because they put everyone behind the ball and we had 90-95 per cent possession.

'Going on past 30 minutes, you're thinking, “Is this going to go on”.

'Thankfully, it didn't.

'We got the five goals. Maybe we could've had a few more but we're pleased with the victory.'

Happy: Roy Hodgson oversaw his side's comprehensive victory at Wembley

Happy: Roy Hodgson oversaw his side's comprehensive victory at Wembley