Sam Allardyce Might Drop Rooney As England Captain – New England manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that he will wait a bit before naming his team captain.
Wayne Rooney has been the team’s captain since the 2014 World Cup succeeding Steven Gerrard, but Allardyce is not sure yet if he will keep him on.
That is far too early to make any predictions or decisions and I’m going to leave that until I meet all the players and get coaching staff behind the scenes,” Allardyce said about making a decision on Rooney’s captaincy. “It is the first day getting my feet under the table and meeting everyone.”
“I think that from my point of view what hit me the most was the overwhelming support from all areas over the last few days, the goodwill messages I have had not only from friends in and outside the game but the nation as a whole.
“That gives me a very warm feeling about taking this position and I am very proud to be named England manager. I look forward to the task in hand, qualifying for the World Cup and moving on from there.”
Allardyce also announced he was signing on his former Bolton Wanderers assistant, Sammy Lee onto his team.
“Sammy is joining me for the second time which is pleasing because we had a great time at Bolton and I’m going to rely on his international experience,” he said.
“It’s ironic that less than 12 months ago I was sat in Spain thinking what’s the next venture and luckily for me I got fed up quickly because football is everything to me and I couldn’t leave it alone. I have to thank everybody at Sunderland for the opportunity. The success of saving the football club put me in the public eye for this position and I had a really good time at Sunderland, the fans were magnificent for me and I thank them all for that.
“Hopefully the England fans will enjoy my time with them as much as the Sunderland fans.”