Rooney was the subject of much criticism during the World Cup (©GettyImages)
Rooney was the subject of much criticism during the World Cup (©GettyImages).

Wayne Rooney should be made England captain

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Wayne Rooney could be given the captaincy in much the same way as David Beckham was in 2000.

It was after Euro 2000, where Beckham had been the target for constant taunts from the England fans, that he was handed the captaincy by then caretaker manager Peter Taylor, and then kept on by Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Diego Simeone

Becks' problems with the Three Lions fans began at the World Cup two years previous, though. After the midfielder kicked out at Argentina's Diego Simeone - getting sent off - Glenn Hoddle's side were knocked out on penalties.

It lead to many fans blaming Beckham for the defeat - to such an extent that a hanging effigy was left outside a London pub.

While the targeted abuse to Wayne Rooney hasn't been on quite the same scale, their have been some similarities.


Everyone knows how much talent Rooney possesses, and therefore, as he hasn't quite performed up to that standard recently, he has been made somewhat of a scapegoat.

After Beckham was made captain in 2000, he went on to become a key part of the England squad for the next nine years. His performances improved massively after being made captain and so, it seemed, did his desire. We all saw how much it meant to him when he scored that penalty against the Argentines in 2000.

Making Rooney captain can have the same kind of effect. The forward has never shown a lack of desire, but being the leader of his teammates might inspire him to be the catalyst for an England run in Euro 2016.

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