Allardyce: England captaincy not a given for Man Utd skipper Rooney

Sam Allardyce will not necessarily appoint Wayne Rooney captain of the England national team.

The 61-year-old was wheeled out to the press at St George’s Park on Monday after signing a two-year deal with the Football Association last week.

Allardyce was quizzed on the England captaincy and if Manchester United star Rooney would be keeping the job but the former Sunderland boss admitted that he had even thought about such a detail during the fledgling days of his tenure.

“It’s far too early to make any predictions in that area,” he said.

“I’m going to leave that until we meet all the players and we get all the coaching staff together behind the scenes and plan for the internationals in September.

“It’s the first day in and [I’m] getting my feet under the table. I’m meeting everybody here at St George’s Park.”

Allardyce added: “I don’t know until that happens with anybody, let alone Wayne Rooney.”

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