"I think it's a good choice," Hurst told Goal.com. "Even though he's been around for such a long time, I think we all think of him as like a young newcomer but he's actually 26.
"He has a tremendous amount of experience and he's got 70 or so caps. I think the decision to make him captain is a good one and it's been a good week for him as he's just found out he's going to be a father again. It's a fantastic week for the Rooney family and he deserves to be given the captaincy."