Rooney to start as England captain against Scotland


    Gareth Southgate is ready to restore captain Wayne Rooney to England’s starting line-up against Scotland.

    Wayne Rooney will start as captain in England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Friday, interim boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed.

    The 31-year-old was dropped from the team for the 0-0 draw with Slovenia last month after losing his place in the Manchester United starting XI.

    Rooney impressed in United’s 3-1 Premier League victory over Swansea City last weekend, however, and Southgate is prepared to restore him to the first team for the clash at Wembley.

    Southgate, having told a news conference that Jordan Henderson would not wear the armband, said: “He [Rooney] is in a better place than he was in the last get-together in terms of his sharpness.

    “I think he’s an experienced player for a game like this, there was no hesitation from me in selecting him. He’s playing well for Manchester United, I think he’s a player who it helps when he gets into a rhythm.”