Sam Allardyce has confirmed he has no need to change the status quo with Wayne Rooney as the captain of England national team. The coach named him as one of the midfielders to represent the country in their upcoming international match.
Image: Wayne Rooney
Rooney, who was thought to be performing below expectations in recent matches prior to the 2016-17 season, was luckily picked in the new England set-up.
Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley were left behind in the selection. With Wayne in the team, Liverpool striker Jordan Henderson will have to exercise more patience for a chance to wear the captain’s band.
The former Bolton coach was reluctant to reveal initially if the Manchester United star who has been England’s captain for two years, would be selected or not.
Football analysts say Rooney’s call-up cannot be far-fetched from his solid performance in this season’s matches with Manchester United in the No.10 role. It therefore seems, Allardyce had no better choice than to let the captain keep his position in the national team.
Image: Wayne Rooney
‘Wayne has been an excellent captain for England and the manner in which he has fulfilled the role made it an easy decision for me to ask him to continue,’ said Allardyce.
‘Wayne’s record speaks for itself, he is the most senior member of the squad and he is hugely respected by his peers. All of these factors point towards him being the right choice to lead the team.
‘I like an on-and-off-the-field captain if there is one, but if there isn’t one then being an on-the-field captain is the main basis,’ he said.
The 61-year-old coach continues: ‘You would hope the captain would make a decision on the pitch if he felt it needed to (be made). For me, that’s the captain’s role. It’s a big responsibility at club level and even more so at international level. First and foremost lead by example.
‘It’s all about the personality. Can you handle the responsibility of being captain? We’ve seen some fabulous players in cricket who couldn’t handle the captaincy.
‘That’s the last thing you want to do, name a captain and they be so uncomfortable with it their performance is diminished. We’ve seen that in cricket a few times.
‘I think he (Rooney) has enjoyed the responsibility. Some players don’t want that responsibility.’
Image: Sam Allardyce