He said: “It was great to captain my country at Wembley. It is a great feeling and a great honour and something I will treasure for the rest of my life. It was a big difference leading a side out. Normally I have been stood behind a player but to lead the team up and look up and see the crowd and hear the atmosphere is quite a feeling and something I am honoured to do.
“Of course, it gives you a taste for it further along in my career. As a player, you want to do it. If you get an opportunity to captain your country, as a player it is something you need to grab with both hands.
“It is a great feeling to have captained my country and it is something that in the future hopefully I will be able to do full time.
“Steven is the captain at the moment and he is a great leader for us. But in the future, hopefully the captaincy will happen. For the moment, Steven is our captain and he will continue to lead by example for us.
“But it is a great honour. I have kept the armband and will keep it forever.” Rooney was not so lucky with his shirt — or shorts — as the part-timers from San Marino clamoured for a piece of England’s most famous footballer after his big night as top man."