Beckham offers backing to England captain Rooney

Former England captain David Beckham has backed current skipper Wayne Rooney to be successful in the role for several years to come, BBC Sport has reported.

Appointed Manchester United captain by Louis van Gaal in July, he has received similar recognition by national team boss Roy Hodgson, after previous incumbent Steven Gerrard decided to retire from international football.

Rooney’s first game as permanent skipper saw him score the winner from the penalty spot against Norway on Wednesday, but he now faces his first competitive match, as England travel to Switzerland for their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday.

And Beckham, captain between 2000 and 2006, believes the 28-year-old Rooney has all the attributes to succeed in the role. He told the Daily Mail: “Wayne will get the best out of the players, he has always played with his heart on his sleeve,”

“He will work hard, play hard, that’s the way he is and he will lead by example. I never hid as captain and Wayne has never hidden either, even when he has had difficult times on the pitch by not scoring or not had a great game.

“I made mistakes when I was captain of the country and did silly things but I grew into it and it made me more mature. You realise you have a real responsibility on and off the field. You have to lead by example. You will never see him not working. That will be one of his strongest qualities.’

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