England manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed Wayne Rooney is going to be continuing as the team’s captain below his leadership.
Wayne Rooney has retained the England captaincy, Sam Allardyce has announced.
The England manager had refused to confirm whether Rooney would be his skipper considering that being appointed in July, but stated on Monday the Manchester United man will probably be his skipper.
Rooney took more than from Steven Gerrard as England captain in 2014 and his leadership expertise were praised by Allardyce, who will lead England for the very first time against Slovakia within a Globe Cup qualifier on Saturday.
“Wayne has been an excellent captain for England as well as the manner in which he has fulfilled the function made it a simple decision for me to ask him to continue,” Allardyce told the Football Association’s official web-site.
“Wayne’s record speaks for itself. He’s probably the most senior member with the squad and he’s hugely respected by his peers. All of these aspects point towards him becoming the ideal choice to lead the team.”
Should Rooney be selected for the Slovakia match, he would turn into England’s all-time most-capped outfield player by producing his 116th England look, moving ahead of David Beckham and trailing only Peter Shilton.
And Allardyce insists he will play as a forward, adding: “It may very well be that Wayne is listed as a midfielder, but he’s playing behind the front man at Manchester United and that, for me, puts it exactly where he has started.”