Wayne Rooney will captain England in Friday’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino in front of a capacity 90,000 crowd at Wembley. The 26-year-old has inherited the armband due to regular captain Steven Gerrard’s suspension following his sending-off in the last qualifier against Ukraine and because of a knee injury suffered by official vice-captain Frank Lampard. Rooney, who has 76 caps for England and missed the opening two Group H matches after suffering a nasty cut playing for Manchester United, captained his country in a friendly against Brazil three years ago. “Frank had a scan earlier in the week,
He tried to train apart from the team on Wednesday morning and he still felt a problem with his calf. There has been a slight tear. It’s not a major problem but the best thing if for him to go back to his club and receive treatment on a daily basis. We will reassess the situation on Sunday.” manager Roy Hodgson confirmed. After that it was seen as a straight fight between Rooney and Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart for the honour, and the Football Association has now confirmed Rooney is the man. He has captained England just once before, in a friendly against Brazil in Doha in 2009. “I enjoy working with Wayne, we had a good Euros, I was disappointed of course when he got that terrible gash and I was even worried it would keep him out not only of the September games but also of the October games.
Luckily he has made a quick recovery and will certainly captain the team in the first one.” manager Roy Hodgson told reporters on Thursday. Rooney is aware of the importance of putting on a good performance against a side ranked joint worst in the world, at 207, alongside Bhutan and the Turks and Caicos Islands. “This is something I’m really proud of. It’s a big challenge for myself, and I’m excited. Hopefully we can cap the day off with a good victory.The fans since I’ve been involved with England have been fantastic, It’s a great honour, something I’m really proud of and a big challenge for myself and hopefully we’ll cap the day off with a good victory.” Rooney said. “I think it’s magnificent, it shows how fantastic the support is, we are very happy with it and concerned not to let them down,” manager Roy Hodgson added.