Rio Ferdinand captained England on their latest outing, a disappointing 1-0 defeat to France. However, the Daily Telegraph report that his Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney could be the national team’s captain of the future, if Fabio Capello’s comments are anything to go by.
Much uncertainty surrounds the current England captaincy, with Steven Gerrard, Ferdinand and John Terry seemingly in line for the armband. However, there’s no doubt that when it comes to showing passion for the jersey, one player seems to stand head and shoulders above the rest.
“It is an interesting question. Wayne Rooney is very young but I believe in the future he could be captain of England one day,” Capello said.
“He’s a leader. He sets a good example on the pitch. He is very young so we need to give him a bit more time to get some more experience and mature.”
‘Wazza’ has certainly come a long way already. It would have been unthinkable to have linked him to the captaincy two or three seasons ago when he was flying into challenges, swearing at referees and telling fellow team-mates to back off (or words to that nature) when they tried to calm him down. It’s clear that he’s possibly the only player who is guaranteed a place in the starting XI for years to come and Capello looks like he wants to build a team around this precocious talent.