Wayne Rooney will excel during his tenure as England captain, or so says club and country colleague Phil Jones.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the Gurnmeister said:
“I thought he was great. He is always calm and composed and will make a great captain.”
For many, bestowing England captaincy upon the Scouse striker underlines the lack of quality in the Three Lions’ ranks, with Manchester United’s talisman a consistent international underperformer.
Those doubting his credentials are sizeable in number and vociferous in their arguments, but news.bwin.com/en/ believe Jones is bang on the money and Rooney will back him up by making it two wins from two when donning the armband against Switzerland next, a feat they’re rated at 9/5 to achieve.
Here’s why Man Utd talisman will turn out to be a ‘great’ skipper.
Hodgson isn’t the only manager who rates him worthy of leading the team out.
The Croydon Commandant doesn’t have the same revered reputation as universally lauded Louis van Gaal and, as a result, the line of questioning was far less intense when the Dutch tactician anointed Rooney as Red Devils captain.
In doing so he overlooked Robin van Persie, a man whose leadership qualities have been deemed satisfactory for both Arsenal and the Netherlands in the past.
With England’s raft of youngsters establishing a foothold in the starting lineup, who better to play drill sergeant than the original teen sensation?
An individual who has been a fully-fledged international since the age of 17 is well accustomed to the pressures of representing his country with just a few miles on the clock.
Rooney is in a unique position to guide the teenagers breaking through and they’ll benefit from his advice.
While he’s frequently chastised for his perceived international shortcomings, Rooney has regular delivered for the Three Lions.
With the pressure stacked high prior to World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, the Everton academy graduate scored crucial opening goals in both games, as well as scoring England’s equaliser in their do-or-die fixture with Uruguay in the tournament proper.