England manager Roy Hodgson has backed Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to lead England in the future.
The Three Lions boss has not yet named a vice-captain for Euro 2012, and despite missing England’s first two group games through suspension, Hodgson admits Rooney is still a contender for the job.
Although the Old Trafford star has been plagued by disciplinary problems in the past, he seems to have put that behind him. And Hodgson is prepared to consider rewarding Rooney with the vice-captaincy, putting him next in line for the top job once Steven Gerrard calls time on his international career.
Hodgson is quoted in The Sun as saying: “Vice-captain is something we’re considering, and Wayne [Rooney] would come into the reckoning. We’re having to take it on a game-by-game basis but Wayne would be considered.”
Hodgson’s predecessor, Fabio Capello, also tipped Rooney as a future England captain, and the 26-year-old has taken the armband for Manchester United before. Rooney’s even stated he’d love to have the opportunity to lead his country out at an international tournament.
With his name under consideration, Rooney might get his wish under Hodgson. But the United star will not feature for the Three Lions against France or Sweden after he was sent off in England’s final qualifying match against Montenegro - his only blemish on an otherwise impeccable disciplinary record this season.