Sam Allardyce has refused to confirm Wayne Rooney will remain as captain during his first press conference as England manager.
The 61-year-old signed a two-year contract to replace Roy Hodgson after the disastrous Euro 2016 campaign which culminated in a 2-1 defeat by Iceland in the second round.
It had been suggested that Rooney’s captaincy of England was “certain” to remain in place but Allardyce, speaking at St George’s Park on Monday morning, has moved to deny those reports.
Asked whether the Manchester United forward would stay on in the role, a position he also holds at Old Trafford, Allardyce said: “That’s far too early to make any predictions in that area. I’m going to leave that until we get together with the coaching staff and players. This is my first day in; I’m getting feet under the table, meeting everyone at St George’s Park.”
Rooney again struggled to make an impact at a major tournament this summer in France and, at 30, is likely to make his final World Cup appearance in two years if England secure qualification to the contest in Russia. His first chance to impress will come when Allardyce’s men take on Croatia in a friendly in September.
Meanwhile, Allardyce also stressed the importance of striking up positive relationships with Premier League clubs to avoid the club-verses-country disputes which have disrupted the tenures of his predecessors with the national team.
The former Sunderland manager added: “I will try my best to deliver the player back to the football club in the best possible condition. This facility here can allow us to do that. Obviously we cannot predict who will be injured with us but we hope to send them back to their clubs.
“For me, to get around to the Premier League football clubs as much as I can to build relationships will be very important to us as time goes on.”
SOURCE: The Independent
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