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BREAKING: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will remain as England captain

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BREAKING: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will remain as England captain

Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Man United forward Wayne Rooney remains England captain.

The newly-named England boss is holding his first press conference this morning after confirmation of a four-year contract yesterday.

Among the hot topics for Southgate was the issue of England captaincy.

The former England defender was keen to stress the need for leaders throughout the side:

However, Southgate then confirmed that Rooney will keep hold of the captain's armband:

After a media scandal involving pictures of an apparently drunk Rooney attending a wedding party on a night off over the last international break, the forward's standing within the squad was of keen interest.

The 31-year-old missed the second game of the break, a friendly against Spain, after reportedly tripping over a plastic bottle in the England dressing room.

Amid the furore, the United captain bit back at critics with a scathing attack while denying ever stepping foot in a wedding party.

It looks to all have been a bit 'mountain out a molehill' over the conduct of England's record goalscorer as he will continue to captain the national side.