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Rooney For Captain!

The comedy that is the selection of the England captain still goes on. Capello seems reluctant to give Terry the armband (no surprises there) but did not decide whether Ferdinand or someone else would be his permanent captain.

Instead he's talking about the future: he singled out Wayne Rooney as someone who could be skipper some years later.

'I am undecided who will be captain for the next game and Wayne Rooney is very young but I believe in the future he could be captain of England one day,' Capello said.

'What are his qualities for the role? He is a leader, he is a good example on the pitch. Like I said, he is very young so we need to give him a bit more time to get some more experience and mature a bit.

'But I do believe he could one day be captain. He is the most talented young English player and the good thing is he has still got a big margin of improvement ahead of him.'

I've been saying it for a long time now that Rooney has everything to become captain. Those ignorant ABUs who still harp on about him being irresponsible and hot-headed and indisclipined of course do not actually pay attention to what he does on the pitch.

On Sunday, I was impressed with him. After our equaliser, tension started to rise and tackles were flying in but he was first to drag his teammates away, trying to calm them down. He even managed to restrain Owen Hargreaves who looked to explode on one occasion. Looked very mature.

Another shining example is last season's away game in Rome. We were a man down, German referee Fandel blew his whistle whenever a United player, especially Rooney, jumped for the ball and he gave free-kicks for Roma for no apparent reason. Yet there was Rooney who was sent of at Villarreal in 2005 for clapping Kim Milton Nielsen after the ref booked him: this time, you could not hear a word of complaint and he was always there to exert a calming influence on his teammates.

It was largely down to his efforts that United kept their shape and composure on that day and managed to come away with a respectable result that set us up nicely for that resounding 7-1 victory in the second leg.

Therefore, I agree with Capello. The England and United captains should be the same for the next 10 years: first Rio Ferdinand then, after 3-4 years, Wayne Rooney.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 16 2008

Time: 1:39PM

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OMG!!! Rooney?? You've got to be kidding!
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16/04/2008 13:42:00

Ummm I'd disagree about him being a role-model. If he could cut out the telling referee's and linesmen to **** off every time a decision didn't go his way, then maybe.
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16/04/2008 13:55:00

You can stick you're ******** England up your Arse......
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16/04/2008 14:09:00

TLOFZ, you're exactly the kind of fan the article is talking about. Rooney mostly cut out the **** off from his speech, he does it much less frequently than the Great Captains Of England, Steven Gerrard and most notably John Terry.
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16/04/2008 14:24:00

Imagine, Rio captian and Rooney vice captain. UGH!!!!
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16/04/2008 16:07:00

Certainly would be an improvement!
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16/04/2008 16:26:00

midlothian99 - No, he hasn't. Lip read occasionally. I'm not an idiot and I know Rooney has the qualities that could make him a good role-model - he always works hard, he's unselfish and he is a good player. But he does swear when decisions don't go his way. I quite like Rooney but I don't like that part of him. And I've never said JT or Stevie were necessarily good role-models. When JT runs at a referee screaming, I cringe. When Stevie dives, I cringe. But I don't think Stevie or Terry have quite the same level of camera focus during games. Sometimes, I think they target Rooney just to catch him out but that shouldn't make it any more acceptable.
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17/04/2008 00:25:00

They should introduce comedy dubbing, imagine the possiblities!
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17/04/2008 11:18:00

rooney would make a better captain then ohn terry. but rip should get the job.
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17/04/2008 15:23:00

No he wouldn't. JT for captain!
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17/04/2008 17:30:00

Couldn't be any worse than JT and co
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17/04/2008 18:06:00

Rooney? Captain? What a feckin' nonsense! I'm really starting to question Cabbageman's judgement. JT, the one and only true captain!
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17/04/2008 23:30:00


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