Manchester United Captain, Wayne Rooney will remain captain of the three Lions of England this was announced on Thursday by the manager of the team, Gareth Southgate on his first press conference after he was given the job full time.
Southgate said to reporters at Wembley Stadium, “Wayne Rooney is the England captain.”
“I said that from the beginning of the interim period. What’s also clear is that I’ve only selected him to start in two of the four matches we’ve had.”
“It is not a case that Wayne expects to play every game. It’s important we develop more leaders in that group.”
“When I played for England at Euro 96, there were leaders throughout the team. Wayne has played an important part up to this point, but we also need to develop others.”
Southgate was appointed England manager on a four-year contract on Wednesday, having previously been in charge for four games on an interim basis.
Rooney has apologised after being pictured looking the worse for wear as he mingled with wedding guests at the England team hotel in the early hours the last international break.