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Wayne Rooney is a future England captain - Hodgson

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Rooney has 88 caps for England (©GettyImages)
Rooney has 88 caps for England (©GettyImages).

England manager Roy Hodgson is backing Wayne Rooney to be a future England captain.

The England boss believes that the Manchester United striker can be the man to lead the country's next generation.

"Wayne, I'm sure, is a future captain of England because we are losing some of the famous players of the past who have served England so well," he told reporters.

Last week, Rooney signed a new five-and-a-half year contract with Manchester United - and Hodgson feels that Rooney pledging his future to the club will help him internationally.

"I trust Wayne and, even if his future hadn't been settled in this way, he could have still focused on the World Cup," he added.

"It must be nice for him to know he's committed the bulk of his best playing years to Manchester United and England, so we're very happy for him and very happy for ourselves as well."

Hodgson acknowledges how well current captain Steven Gerrard is playing in his twilight years but concedes he probably won't be playing for England for too much longer.

He said: "Steven Gerrard's playing magnificently for Liverpool and has been a major factor in their season so far, and I wouldn't want to write him off (for Euro 2016) but maybe when the day comes for Gerrard to hang up his boots, Wayne will be straight in there I'm sure."

Rooney has received the joint-highest number of red cards for an England player, with two dismissals in his senior international career against Portugal and Montenegro, both off-the-ball incidents.

However, Rooney has worked hard to rectify his behaviour in recent years and has since captained England on two occasions.


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