Gareth Southgate speaks out: I've text Big Sam... and this is why I made Rooney captain
The England boss announced Rooney would stay on as skipper after taking charge last week.
And it was an easy call for the former Middlesbrough chief to make.
Southgate said: “The decision to make him captain is simple.
“From what I’ve seen around St George’s over last two years he is the outstanding leader of the group.
“There’s been a period of change over the summer and now this month and the most important part is leadership on and off the field.
“The way he has matured into that role is really impressive.
“There was no doubt in my mind about keeping him in that position.”
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