Man United’s Wayne Rooney: I’m ready for challenge of leading England

Wayne Rooney says he is ready for the challenge of captaining England after being handed the armband for San Marino game

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Wayne Rooney will captain England against San Marino on Friday Photo: bwin

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Wayne Rooney insists he is ready for the “challenge” of leading England after the striker was named as England captain for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

Rooney, 26, has been handed the armband for the Wembley clash by manager Roy Hodgson in the absence of the suspended Steven Gerrard and injured Frank Lampard.

“This is something I’m really proud of,” said Rooney. “It’s a big challenge for myself, and I’m excited. Hopefully we can cap the day off with a good victory.”

Meanwhile, Hodgson remained coy when quizzed over his team selection for Friday’s game.

“I guess Wayne Rooney knows he’s starting because he’s captain of the team but I’ve not told any of the other players yet so I cannot divulge who is playing,” said Hodgson.

“It might be a question of utilising the squad in a different way because we have Poland away next week.”

The England boss also gave his thoughts on players’ use of social networking sites such as Twitter, after Ryan Bertrand apologised for using an expletive in a Tweet on Thursday morning following his withdrawal from the side due to illness.

“Twitter is part of life,” said Hodgson. “It would be foolish of me to try to turn back tides. We live in a world where social media and Twitter are important.

“One would prefer where there were no situations where people make mistakes but we have to make certain we are careful about what we do, then it will be up to the FA to deal with situations which they deem have gone too far.”

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