Sam Allardyce reveals Wayne Rooney will remain as England captain

30 Aug



“The manner in which he has fulfilled the role made it an easy decision ”


Sam Allardyce

Last night Allardyce said: “Wayne has been an excellent captain for England and the manner in which he has fulfilled the role made it an easy decision for me to ask him to continue.

“Wayne’s record speaks for itself, he is the most senior member of the squad and he is hugely respected by his peers. All of these factors point towards him being the right choice to lead the team.”

Rooney, who took over the role when Steve Gerrard quit international football following the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, will lead out his country for the opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on Sunday.

Allardyce also revealed yesterday the best captain he has ever worked with – Jay Jay Okocha, who played under the 61-year-old at Bolton, where the midfielder was from 2002-6.

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