Gareth Southgate confirms Wayne Rooney will captain England against Scotland

by Tanveer Arayan

England interim manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed Wayne Rooney will captain England in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on Friday.

The 31-year-old has lost his automatic starter status for club and country in recent times and was dropped for the 0-0 draw in Slovenia last month.

Rooney set up two goals for Manchester United against Swansea City before the international break and hopes are he can continue his impressive form.

Speaking about the Englishman, Southgate revealed there is no hesitation in playing him.

“He’s in a better place than for the last get together in terms of sharpness and confidence,” he said.

“He’s an experienced player for a game like this and there is no hesitation to be playing him.”

Rooney played in each of the last two friendlies with Scotland and could lead the attack with doubts over Harry Kane’s sharpness as he’s only played one game since a two month lay off with an ankle injury.

It’s set to be a big clash and with Marcus Rashford involved and it’ll be interesting to see how Southgate sets his squad up.

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