England manager Roy Hodgson is concerned that the mantle of England captaincy may become too heavy for Wayne Rooney.
The Manchester United striker, 29, who will win his 100th England cap against Slovenia at Wembley on 15 November, was named skipper by Hodgson in August.
England have won all three matches during Rooney’s captaincy and are top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group.
Hodgson said Rooney has impressed, but added: “I worry that the responsibility is going to weigh him down.”
The 67-year-old manager continued: “We do all we can, myself and the coaching staff, to ensure that won’t happen with us.”
Rooney inherited the armband from Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, 34, who retired from international football following England’s disappointing performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.