Rooney to captain England

Wayne Rooney will captain England for the first time in their World Cup qualifier against San Marino at Wembley.

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Bertrand's angry tweet over 'sore throat' accusations

Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand reacted angrily to accusations he pulled out of England's squad for the World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Friday because he had a sore throat.

Ryan Bertrand playing for England against Ukraine. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

The left-back tweeted: "Just to clarify. It's not a 'sore throat' I'm ill. Swollen glands in my neck. And constant headache for 3 days now and freezing cold. Do you think a "sorethroat" could stop me being a part of a match for my club or country?#yourf******nuts this is what every boy dreams of."

England manager Roy Hodgson said Bertrand's tweet along with Ashley Cole's earlier outburst on the social networking site was a reminder of how careful players have to be.

He said: "It's a reminder. His sentiments were laudable. He was a little irritated but his choice of words was wrong but it reminds us how unbelievably careful the players have to be."

Rooney: 'Great honour' to captain England

Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson during England's pre-match press conference. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney said: "It is a great honour. I'm really proud and excited. It will be a big night for me and my family.

"It is a big challenge for myself. I don't know what sort of captain I am and I already speak with all the players whether it is younger or older. But I will try and get the best out of myself and the other players - and hopefully they can get the best out of me.

"Hopefully it will be a great result for us and I'm looking forward to the game."

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Hodgson: Rooney 'will certainly captain' England

England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed Wayne Rooney would captain his country in their World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

Usual captain Steven Gerrard is suspended for the match, while vice-captain Frank Lampard - who had been in line to lead the team out - suffered a small injury in training.

I enjoy working with Wayne, we had a good Euros.

I was disappointed of course when he got that terrible gash and I was even worried it would keep him out not only of the September games but also of the October games.

Luckily he has made a quick recovery and will certainly captain the team in the first one.

– Roy Hodgson, England manager

Rooney to captain England against San Marino

Wayne Rooney will captain England in their World Cup qualifier against San Marino at Wembley.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will captain England on Friday. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

It will be the first time the Manchester United striker has lead his country in a competitive international match.

Rooney, who has 76 caps for England, missed the first two Group H matches after suffering a nasty cut in a Premier League match.

England face the European minnows tomorrow, four days before a tougher match against Poland in Warsaw.

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