Rooney loses captaincy, see the man to replace him

International Edition By: Linus Onyeze | 19/03/2017

Wayne Rooney will lose the England captaincy as he is no longer a guaranteed starter for both club and country.

Wayne Rooney is set to lose the captainship of the England national team and it appears coach Gareth Southgate has already found a successor for the fading Manchester United star.

There have been doubts over Rooney’s future with the team, as he will be approaching 33 by the time the World Cup comes around next year in Russia, and to make matters worse, the 31-year old has struggled for game time at Manchester United this season.

And now, a Mirror Sport report is claiming Southgate has identified Tottenham’s Harry Kane as the man to lead the Three Lions to the Russia 2018 World Cup and beyond.

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“Harry has definite leadership qualities,” said Southgate of the Tottenham star. “He’s a very determined, single-minded individual, completely dedicated to improving and he’s having another outstanding season.

“He is in his third season now of playing at a very high level and getting high numbers of goals. It’s great.

“I mean I haven’t been able to bloody to pick him yet [Kane was also out injured for Southgate's four games as interim manager in October and November]!

"But it looks good for him. And for Tottenham and England. He’s vocal and Harry’s got an opinion, yeah. He’s always happy to speak up in front of the group. As are several others.

“I think I always encourage that amongst players. I think I want to know what they’re thinking. I want to encourage that.

“You then have to manage and deal with that because that can then go in directions you don’t always want it to as a coach. But if you’re prepared to open the floor up then I think it makes a stronger environment.”

According to the report, the England boss has also identified Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling and winger Raheem Sterling of Manchester City as candidates to wear the armband.

“Adam Lallana has definitely impressed me as an individual too. Chris Smalling is captaining Manchester United at the moment but there are other players that talk up well in meetings.

“Raheem Sterling, for example, has impressed me with how willing he has been able to contribute in those sort of meetings with a view of things. I think we can be in a good place with all of that but I think that we have got to build on it too.”