Wayne Rooney: I want to captain England and Man Utd

Wayne Rooney admits it would be an "honour" to be named permanent captain of both club and country

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Rooney has scored eight goals in five league games this season Photo: The Sport Review

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Wayne Rooney has voiced his desire to captain both Manchester United and England on a permanent basis.

The 25-year-old, who has scored nine goals in five league appearances for United this season, has been given both roles temporarily before – but the forward admits it would be an “honour” to be handed the armbands for good.

“I’ve captained both on one-off occasions but obviously to get the two jobs full-time would be a great honour for me,” Rooney told The Sun.

“We have got a lot of young players in the [Manchester United] team, and you know they will watch what you are doing on the training pitch and in the matches.

“I have always worked hard. If I’m not happy with something, I let it be known. It’s good for the younger players to see you still care and still want to win.”

Meanwhile, Rooney believes the defensive tactics of visiting opponents at Wembley have caused Fabio Capello’s side to struggle at home recent years.

“When we play away from home, the other team are playing in front of their fans urging them to go forward,” continued Rooney.

“Then the game becomes a bit open and I think that’s when we are at our best, so that’s why we do so well away from home.

“At Wembley, teams sit back and get 11 men behind the ball. Sometimes it becomes hard to break them down, so you need to be a bit more patient.

“A 1-0 win might be what you need. If we win 1-0 that’s a great result.”

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