Wayne Rooney will captain England for the first time against San Marino this Friday with Frank Lampard ruled out through injury and Steven Gerrard serving a one game suspension.
Rooney has picked up 76 caps so far in his international career but has never captained his country in a competitive game.
Speaking at the England press conference this morning alongside Roy Hodgson, Wayne Rooney said:
“It’s a great honour and something I’m very proud of. It is a big challenge for myself and it’s something I am looking forward to and hopefully we can cap the day off with a victory.”
Since he has returned from injury, he has looked a different player. Leaner and fitter, he has been outstanding with his man-of-the-match performance against Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday the best of the bunch.
Whilst San Marino shouldn’t be a difficult test for England, it is a testament to how far Rooney has come from the ill disciplined hot head from not too long ago that he will be chosen to lead by example in front of a sell out 90,000 crowd at Wembley.