Sam Allardyce Retains Rooney As England Captain

England’s all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney will continue to captain the side under new manager Sam Allardyce.

And the 30-year-old Manchester United forward is poised to become England’s most-capped outfield player when he leads the side out on Sunday in Slovakia.

That would take him to 116 caps, one more than David Beckham, and behind just goalkeeper Peter Shilton (125) in the all-time list.

Allardyce was appointed after England crashed out of Euro 2016 at the round-of-16 stage, having suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Iceland.

Manager Roy Hodgson departed after the loss but Allardyce has decided that there is no need for a change of captain as well.

“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,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.”

Rooney is expected to speak to the media on Tuesday at St George’s Park ahead of this weekend’s match in Trnava, which will kick-off England’s qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He lined up in the England midfield during Euro 2016 and was listed in that position when the squad for Slovakia was announced.

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