England manager, Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will continue as England captain saying it was an “easy decision” for him to make.
Rooney is England’s record goalscorer and took on the armband from Steven Gerrard a year ago.
Allardyce said Manchester United captain Rooney was “hugely respected by his peers” and has “enjoyed the responsibility” as captain.
The England squad is preparing for Sunday’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia.
Rooney, 30, led Roy Hodgson’s England side during Euro 2016, which ended with a disappointing last-16 exit to international minnows Iceland.
But Allardyce said Rooney had been “an excellent captain for England” and as the most senior squad member was the “right choice to lead the team”.
“You would hope the captain would make a decision on the pitch if he felt it needed to [be made],” said Allardyce, 61. “For me, that’s the captain’s role. It’s a big responsibility at club level and even more so at international level. First and foremost lead by example.
“It’s all about the personality. Can you handle the responsibility of being captain? I think he [Rooney] has enjoyed the responsibility. Some players don’t want that responsibility.”
Rooney was employed as a midfielder during Euro 2016 under Hodgson. At Old Trafford this season under Jose Mourinho, Rooney has played in a deeper position behind the striker.
“Wayne Rooney’s position has changed at Manchester United and that is where I will play him,” Allardyce said.