South­gate says Rooney will con­tinue as Eng­land cap­tain

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Eng­land’s in­terim man­ager Gareth South­gate, who will be lead­ing Eng­land against Malta at Wem­b­ley to­day week, has con­firmed that Manch­ester United’s Wayne Rooney will con­tinue as Eng­land cap­tain.

South­gate took tem­po­rary charge of the Eng­land team last Tues­day fol­low­ing Sam Al­lardyce’s de­par­ture. Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial BBC web­site, he spoke to the Manch­ester United cap­tain on Thurs­day.

Rooney, 30, is un­der­stood to be seen as a leader by the coach­ing staff, with South­gate keen to main­tain con­ti­nu­ity.

The in­terim man­ager is to name his squad for Eng­land’s World Cup qual­i­fiers against Malta and Slove­nia to­mor­row.

The BBC story went on to say that former Eng­land man­ager Sam Al­lardyce said in Au­gust that it was an “easy de­ci­sion” to keep Rooney as cap­tain, de­spite Eng­land’s per­for­mances at Euro 2016.

Rooney is Eng­land’s most capped male out­field player, with 116 ap­pear­ances.

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