Rooney relishing senior England role
Wednesday 10 October 2012
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says he is happy to assume a position of seniority amongst the England squad ahead of the continuation of their World Cup qualification campaign against San Marino this Friday at Wembley.
According to the the Liverpool Echo, with regular captain Steven Gerrard suspended, vice-captain Frank Lampard nursing a knee injury and ex-captain John Terry retired from international football, 26-year-old Rooney could be selected by Roy Hodgson as England captain for the first time competitively against the European minnows.
“There are a lot of young players in the squad and I always try to speak to them and offer advice,” said Rooney, who made his debut at the age of 17 in 2003.
“I remember Sir Alex Ferguson telling me what a big help [Eric] Cantona was to all those younger players at United. It is something I can try to do for England and hopefully bring the best out of them, as they can bring the best out of me.”
Despite only notching once for England in a major tournament since he burst onto the scene at Euro 2004, Rooney has notched 29 goals in 76 appearances and will be looking to get the two goals he needs on Friday to lift him above the likes of Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney in the England goalscoring record books.
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