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Rooney: It’s a great honour to captain England

by Sam Peoples

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.

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