Wayne Rooney named England captain for San Marino qualifier
With John Terry retiring, Steven Gerrard suspended and Frank Lampard injured, the England captain’s armband has been handed to Wayne Rooney for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino.
October 11th, 2012
Rooney has captained the Three Lions before when England met Brazil in Doha 2009, although this will be the first meaningful match where he leads out the national side and he’s looking forward to the privilege.
Rooney said at a press conference ahead of Friday night’s game: “It’s a great honour, it’s something I’m really proud of.
“It’s a big challenge for myself, I’m really looking forward to it and excited, and hopefully we can cap the day off with a good victory.”
England boss Roy Hodgson added: “I’ve enjoyed working with Wayne, we had a good Euros and I enjoyed working with him there.
“I was disappointed when he got that terrible gash and I was even worried it could rule him out of not only the September games, but also the October games.
“Luckily he’s made a very quick recovery and now he’s available for the games, and he’ll certainly captain the team in the first one.”