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:
Southgate says Rooney has a "future" with #eng but adds "it's important we develop more leaders. In 96, there were captains throughout"— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) December 1, 2016
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.
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.