Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has all the characteristics to take over from Steven Gerrard as England captain after this summer's World Cup, according to former Three Lions mainstay Peter Crouch.

Gerrard is widely expected to retire from international duty after this summer's World Cup, which would leave England boss Roy Hodgson searching for a new skipper to take the team forward into qualifying for the 2016 European Championships.

Rooney is one of the most experienced international campaigners behind the likes of Gerrard and Lampard, which would make him a leading candidate to take over the captaincy in the long-term.

Crouch has played with both Rooney and Gerrard for England and believes United's biggest star can manage the expectation of being national skipper, thanks to a wealth of knowledge in terms of playing at the highest level.

I don’t think you could go too far wrong looking at Wayne Rooney as an England captain,” he told talkSPORT. “I don’t see why Wayne shouldn’t be captain.

“He’s got a lot of experience, even though he’s still relatively young. He’s got wealth of experience playing in top matches.”

The 28-year-old is currently enjoying a strong season at club level, which was rewarded with a bumper new five-and-half-year contract last month.

Rooney has scored 12 goals in 30 matches for the Red Devils, which stands the striker in good stead to lead the line for England this summer. 

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