Rooney back to cap­tain Eng­land

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WAYNE Rooney will cap­tain Eng­land in the World Cup qual­i­fier against Scot­land at Wem­b­ley on Fri­day, says in­terim man­ager Gareth South­gate.

The 31-year-old for­ward and skip­per was dropped for the previous game, a 0-0 draw in Slove­nia last month.

“He’s in a bet­ter place than for the last get-to­gether in terms of sharp­ness and con­fi­dence,” said South­gate.

“He’s an ex­pe­ri­enced player for a game like this and there is no hes­i­ta­tion to be play­ing him.”

Rooney, Eng­land’s record scorer with 53 goals, has won 118 caps, but was also dropped by Manch­ester United this sea­son.

How­ever, he has started United’s past two games, scor­ing one goal.

He scored twice in Eng­land’s 3-1 win over Scot­land in Novem­ber 2014 in a friendly at Celtic Park, when the coun­tries last met.

“He is play­ing well,” said South­gate. “He’s a player when in a rhythm of play­ing, it helps him.”

Eng­land Un­der-21 boss South­gate was put in charge of the se­nior team for four games fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Sam Al­lardyce af­ter only one match.

Al­lardyce left fol­low­ing a news­pa­per in­ves­ti­ga­tion claim­ing he of­fered ad­vice on how to “get around” rules on player trans­fers.

Un­der South­gate, Eng­land beat Malta 2-0 and drew with Slove­nia in World Cup qualifiers.

Af­ter the match against Scot­land, Eng­land meet Spain in a friendly at Wem­b­ley on 15 Novem­ber.— BBC.

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