Wayne Rooney will remain as the England national team captain. New manager Sam Allardyce has decided to let Rooney keep the captain’s armband.
Rooney, 30, has made 115 appearances for the Three Lions, and is set to become the most capped outfield player if he plays on Sunday against Slovakia. The game would take him to 116 caps, one more than David Beckham. Rooney was handed the captaincy in 2014 after Steven Gerrard retired from international play.
“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,” Allardyce said.
“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 played in midfield for England during Euro 2016, and was listed in that position when Allardyce revealed his first England side as they kick off World Cup qualifiers on Sunday. But Allardyce said that Rooney’s role is a bit further up the pitch than central midfield, more like the role he has at Manchester United.
“It’s not a reflection of where I’m likely to play him,” Allardyce said.
“Shall we say attacking-midfielder? Or striker? I think Rooney’s position has changed at Manchester United and that’s where I’ll be looking to play him.
“I may consider changing the format of the squad announcement next time, so it says no position.”