Wayne Rooney was chosen to captain England in their 5-0 win over San Marino on Friday. Rooney scored twice and put in a good shift for his country, but has his eye on the captaincy on a permanent basis.
“As a young player, your dream is to play for England and once you do actually play, the next step is to try to captain your country,” Rooney said. “It was a great honour and hopefully one day it can be full-time.”
England manager, Roy Hodgson, would have John Terry as his captain, in an ideal world, and Steven Gerrard as his vice-captain. At present, Gerrard (32) is his captain and Lampard (34) is his vice-captain. Rio Ferdinand (33) is too old for Roy hints that Rooney could be his future captain.
“[Rooney] was my vice-captain at the Euros from the moment he could start playing again,” said Hodgson. “He does take playing for England unbelievably seriously. I know being captain is something he’s very proud of and something he wants to do. Frank Lampard has captained the team when both Steven and Wayne were absent. But I always had in my mind that Wayne would be the vice-captain and when Frank comes back I suppose I’ve got a decision to make.”
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