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Wayne Rooney & Frank Lampard in contention to captain England

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With Steven Gerrard out of action with a shoulder injury, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard are in contention to captain England in the forthcoming friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Ashley Cole is also in the frame, to show recognition for reaching 100 caps.

This is the first time England will host the Republic of Ireland at Wembley since they met in a European Championship qualifier in 1991.

"Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney are captains-elect," England manager Roy Hodgson told BBC Sport.

Hodgson also revealed that left-back Cole had been keen to "stay in the shadows".

Therefore, it looks likely that Rooney or Lampard will wear the armband with Cole reluctant about leading England against Republic of Ireland on May 29.

With Lampard signing a one-year deal to stay on with Chelsea this could be the perfect opportunity to mark the occasion after helping Chelsea seal victory in the Europa League final and becoming their all-time record goalscorer.

Meanwhile, Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy could receive his first cap after being called up by the England boss.

Hodgson has been impressed by the 'keeper’s performance for the Royals this season.

England will then travel to Rio de Janeiro to play Brazil, who have recently refurbished their national stadium ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll has been called up after last being on the substitutes' bench for the World Cup qualifier against Poland.

Rooney will also feature in the line-up for the friendly against Republic of Ireland after missing Manchester United's late game of the season against West Brom in order to attend the birth of his second child.

 

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