Rooney retains captaincy

"EXCELLENT CAPTAIN": Rooney, 30, will lead England in their first game under Allardyce in Sunday's tie against Slovakia. Despite criticism of his stint as captain in Euro 2016, Allardyce says the player is the most senior squad member and is highly respected.


    Aug 31, 2016

    Rooney retains captaincy


    WAYNE Rooney will remain England captain, new manager Sam Allardyce confirmed

    on Monday.

    The 30-year-old - who

    was criticised over his performances when he skippered England at the

    Euro 2016 finals - should lead out England for the first time under Allardyce in Sunday's match against Slovakia.

    "Wayne has been an excellent captain for England and the manner in which he has fulfilled the role made it an easy decision for me

    to ask him to continue," Allardyce told

    "Wayne's record speaks for itself. He is the most senior member of the squad and he is hugely respected by his peers.

    "All of these factors point towards him being the right choice to lead the team."