Despite reports earlier today claiming that Jordan Henderson was set to be named England captain, Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will keep the armband.

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.”