Wayne Rooney will stay on as skipper, says Gareth Southgate

Updated: Dec 02, 2016, 12:19 IST | AFP

England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Wayne Rooney will remain captain yesterday as he faced the media for the first time since his permanent appointment

Wayne Rooney and (inset) Gareth Southgate. Pics/AFP
Wayne Rooney and (inset) Gareth Southgate. Pics/AFP

London: England manager Gareth Southgate confirmed Wayne Rooney will remain captain yesterday as he faced the media for the first time since his permanent appointment.

Southgate dropped him for a 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw in Slovenia, but recalled him for England's 3-0 win over Scotland, before injury forced the Manchester United forward to withdraw from the squad.

"I said that from the beginning of the interim period. What's also clear is that I've only selected him to start in two of the four matches. It is not a case that Wayne expects to play every game. It's important we develop more leaders in that group. When I played for England at Euro 96, there were leaders throughout the team. We need to develop others."

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