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Allardyce undecided on future of Rooney's England captaincy

Sam Allardyce during the England manager Media conference today. Credit: Press Association.

The new England manager Sam Allardyce has refused to be drawn on Wayne Rooney's future as England captain.

In his first press conference since taking up the job, the former Bolton and Blackburn boss said it was too early to reveal his choice for captain ahead of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

"It's far too early to make any predictions," he said. "I'm going to leave that until we meet all the players and get all the coaching staff together and plan for the internationals in September. It's my first day in, I'm getting my feet under the table and meeting everyone."

Rooney in action for England. Credit: Press Association.

Sterling in line for England return

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Manchester City's Raheem Sterling is in line for a shock recall as England face Iceland this evening for a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

The striker lost his place in the starting line-up for after disappointing performances in the first two group games but is tipped to return this evening.

And his captain Wayne Rooney is backing him to make an impact:

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Watch Rooney and Gary Neville singalong with James Bay at charity dinner

Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville performed up front with pop star James Bay.

The pair joined the singer with the big hat on stage for a rendition of ‘Hold Back The River’.

The dinner – as well as the evening’s entertainment – was arranged by the England Footballers Foundation, an organisation set up in 2007 to allow England internationals to donate their match fees to charitable causes.

Sheringham: Rooney should start for England at Euro 2016

Manchester United hero Teddy Sheringham is backing Wayne Rooney to make a huge impact in this summer's European Championships.

Sheringham insists Rooney must start for England at the Euros despite recent speculation about his position in the team.

Fellow strikers Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have enjoyed the international limelight in the last few days and have both outscored Rooney in the Premier League this season.

But Sheringham says Rooney is a definite starter:

United boss says he still has confidence in Rooney

Louis van Gaal insists he still has confidence in his captain Wayne Rooney despite his ongoing struggle for form and goals.

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Rooney has scored just twice in the Premier League this season, while United have failed to find the net in their last three matches.

Speaking at a press conference on the eve of the Reds' Champions League clash at home to CSKA Moscow, Van Gaal said Rooney has more credits than any other player:

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Wayne Rooney gets Old Trafford testimonial to raise money for good causes

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates a winning goal. Credit: Press Association.

Old Trafford will play host to a testimonial match in honour of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney - with all profits raised from the game going to charity.

The match will mark Rooney's 12 years at the club and is scheduled to take place on 3 August 2016.

Money generated from the game will be distributed to his chosen charities through the newly-created Wayne Rooney Foundation, a registered charity.

The organisations to which the testimonial proceeds will be distributed by the Foundation include the NSPCC, Alder Hey Childrens’ Hospital, Claire House Hospice and the Manchester United Foundation.

"I would like to thank everyone involved in making this testimonial become a reality

"Most of all I want to thank the fans for all their incredible support for me and the team since I joined the club.

"The match night will obviously be special for me and my family but I hope it will be a night of celebration for all involved and that we can also deliver one or two surprises."

– Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

"From his sensational debut hat-trick to the latest of his 236 goals, he has been a central figure in what has been one of the most successful periods in the club's history, winning everything from the Club World Cup, the Champions League and League Cup, to his five Premier League titles.

"Wayne has selected good causes very close to his heart and the club is delighted to play its part, in providing Old Trafford as a fitting stage for such a game."

– Ed Woodward, United's executive vice chairman

Wayne Rooney thanks supporters after his historic night

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