Wayne Rooney to make his debut as captain of England against San Marino
Manchester United star Wayne Rooney will captain England for the first time when the Three Lions play against San Marino at Wembley on Friday. Wayne Rooney adorned the captain’s armband against Egypt in 2010, but the forward has never captained in a competitive international for his country.
Wayne Rooney is expected to play in the midfield for England due to the absence of Frank Lampard (injured) and Steven Gerrard (suspended). The England manager Roy Hodgson told reporters he was delighted to handover the captaincy responsibility to Wayne Rooney.
“It's a great honor and something I am really proud of,” Wayne Rooney said. “It's a big challenge for myself, and I'm looking forward to it. I'm excited and I am hoping we can cap the day off with a good victory.
“We have to make sure we play the football we have been trying to do. We have been working hard all week. The manager has told us what he expects of us, and we have to try and do that as best we can.
“It's great that the game is sold out, and I think that the fans, since I have been involved with England, have been fantastic. They travel all around the world for us, and to have 90,000 there for us is fantastic.
“We don't want to let the fans down. We are really looking forward to the game, and we want to put on a show.”
Wayne Rooney will have the chance to become the sixth-highest goal-scorer for England if he finds the back of the net against San Marino. A single would take Wayne Rooney above Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney, all of whom have 30 goals apiece.
The former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson said he was happy to have Wayne Rooney back in his squad after his horrific injury. Wayne Rooney suffered a gash to his thigh against Fulham in the second game of the season.
The injury sidelined Wayne Rooney for the next month. During this time Wayne Rooney missed crucial games against club and country.
“I've enjoyed working with Wayne,” Roy Hodgson said. “It was a big disappointment when he got that terrible gash, which we thought would keep him out of the October games.
“But luckily he made a very quick recovery and he's available to captain the team in this game.”