New England manager Gareth Southgate has revealed he will not be dropping Wayne Rooney as the team’s captain.
Rooney has been relegated to the bench for both club and country, but Southgate maintains that his leadership qualities are still very much needed.
“He’s the England captain and although he didn’t start in Slovenia, to me he is a hugely influential person in that group and that won’t change,” Southgate said, as quoted by the Guardian.
“Let’s see what that scenario is but I thought his leadership qualities in the 10 days with us shone through. I hadn’t been able to see that first hand and it was hugely impressive.
“I could see how he’s held in the eyes of the rest of the players and the positive influence he has in that environment. If that wasn’t the case I wouldn’t say those things. That’s as it was.
“I haven’t spoken to him since the camp but I’m always conscious players are back into a run of fixtures with their clubs, but I will pick up with him and the others later.”