Thursday, 28th August, 2014

Former England striker Gary Lineker believes Wayne Rooney can lead England to glory in the next few years.

Roy Hodgson named Rooney as the captain of the England national team earlier today. The Manchester United striker is succeeding Steven Gerrard, who retired from international football earlier this summer.

The former Barcelona striker feels Rooney has worked really hard in the last few years and deserves the opportunity to lead England.

"It's great recognition for his efforts over many years”, Lineker was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Lineker feels that the 28-year-old has to succeed with England to cement his legacy and has backed the Manchester United striker to lead the Three Lions to glory in the next few years.  


“And he said it himself – to be considered a success he wants England to win something while he's captain.

"That will be difficult, but looking ahead to two to four years' time, because of the nucleus of young talent we've got, he could be the head of a successful side."

Rooney is fourth in the all-time list of England goalscorers with 40 goals at present.

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