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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."

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