18:08 11 October 2012
Wayne Rooney has been announced as the England captain for a qualifying football match that will take place on Friday night against San Marino. This comes as former captain Steven Gerrard has been suspended for a previous match, and vice-captain Frank Lampard is ruled out due to injury.
Reportedly goalie Joe Hart, from Manchester City Football Club, was also favoured for the honourable position. Striker Rooney has said, as reported by The Independent: “It’s a great honour, it’s something I’m really proud of.”
He continued: “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.”
At a press conference on Thursday, Manager Roy Hodgson said: “I guess Wayne Rooney knows he's starting because he's captain of the team but I've not told any of the other players yet so I cannot divulge who is playing. It might be a question of utilising the squad in a different way because we have Poland away next week.”
Manchester United player Rooney, who has so far achieved 76 caps, has also been in the spotlight with regards to some other good news this week… as he and his wife Coleen have publicly announced they are expecting their second child.
Rooney has appeared as England’s captain previously on 2009 against Brazil.
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