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Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney muses on captaincies, laments Liverpool’s strong season

Mar 12, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

Wayne Rooney, Gareth McAuley AP

With a new contract sending loads of money to the bank, Wayne Rooney is able to focus on his future as a Manchester United and England player.

And the 28-year-old attacker with 152 goals for club and another 38 for country would be more than happy to take on the visible leadership role that comes with wearing the captain’s armband.

Rooney’s presumed to be the next Red Devils captain following the committal of Nemanja Vidic to Inter Milan beginning this summer, while Steven Gerrard‘s international future is in question after the World Cup, potentially opening up the captaincy for the Three Lions.

“I would take it with both hands. However, it is down to the manager, because it’s his decision on whoever he feels is the right person to lead the team. I’m sure he’ll make that decision when the time comes.”

The Manchester United star also had some interesting comments in “Inside United” about watching Liverpool’s title charge from below that are sure to make supporters grin, let alone those like Rooney raised in Everton blue.

“To see City doing well, and particularly Liverpool, is really difficult.

“It’s not nice when we know we are capable of being up there challenging and we haven’t been doing that this season.

“However, it means we have to step up and get back up there because the feeling we’ve had this season is not a nice feeling at all to have.”

It’s hard to imagine another player at United seizing the captaincy, but how about England? Do you see Rooney as the next skipper post-Gerrard, or do you favor someone like Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka or another player?

  1. unclemosesgreen - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    England’s next captain should be ABR – anyone but Rooney. It’s not just an honor, it’s a communication job. Rooney is too petulant.

    Michael Carrick or James Milner would be fine choices for me.

  2. cchuma00 - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Go Rooney, that’s gonna help him mature as well!!!

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