Rooney stays as Eng­land cap­tain

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Lon­don: Wayne Rooney will con­tinue as Eng­land cap­tain, with man­ager Sam Al­lardyce say­ing it was an “easy de­ci­sion”. Rooney is Eng­land’s record goalscorer and took on the arm­band from Steven Ger­rard a year ago. Al­lardyce said Manch­ester United cap­tain Rooney was “hugely re­spected by his peers” and has “en­joyed the re­spon­si­bil­ity” as cap­tain. The Eng­land squad is pre­par­ing for Sun­day’s open­ing 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier in Slo­vakia. Rooney, 30, led Roy Hodg­son’s Eng­land side dur­ing Euro 2016, which ended with a dis­ap­point­ing last-16 exit to in­ter­na­tional min­nows Ice­land. But Al­lardyce said Rooney had been “an ex­cel­lent cap­tain for Eng­land” and as the most senior squad mem­ber was the “right choice to lead the team”. “You would hope the cap­tain would make a de­ci­sion on the pitch if he felt it needed to [be made],” said Al­lardyce, 61.

“For me, that’s the cap­tain’s role. It’s a big re­spon­si­bil­ity at club level and even more so at in­ter­na­tional level. First and fore­most lead by ex­am­ple.

“It’s all about the per­son­al­ity. Can you han­dle the re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing cap­tain? I think he [Rooney] has en­joyed the re­spon­si­bil­ity. Some play­ers don’t want that re­spon­si­bil­ity.” Rooney was em­ployed as a mid­fielder dur­ing Euro 2016 un­der Hodg­son. At Old Traf­ford this sea­son un­der Jose Mour­inho, Rooney has played in a deeper po­si­tion be­hind the striker. BBC Sports

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