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Southgate to continue with Man Utd skipper Rooney in England role

Wayne Rooney will remain captain of the England national team.

Sky Sports is reporting that interim boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed that he will name Rooney as his skipper for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.

It is understood that Southgate has spoken with Rooney and both are happy for him to continue in the role he inherited from Steven Gerrard following the 2014 World Cup.

30-year-old Rooney holds the record for most England caps as an outfield player (116), and sits second behind all-time leader Peter Shilton (125). He has 19 caps to his name as captain.

Southgate has taken the reins of the Three Lions on a caretaker basis following Sam Allardyce's disgraced exit on Tuesday after being caught up in a Daily Telegraph sting.

Andrew Slevison
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