New dad Wayne Rooney proves a born leader for England in Qatar

16 November 2009 10:21
First a father, then captain of England. November is turning into quite a month for Wayne Rooney, although that did not stop John Terry poking fun at his biceps.

'We had to make it a little bit smaller,' grinned injured skipper Terry, when asked how he thought the armband had suited the stand-in captain.

Rooney's muscle, unlike his temperament, is rarely questioned. Only a few months ago, his manager at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, confessed that the striker was 'not ready' for such responsibilities as captaincy but the 24-year-old seemed to take it in his stride.

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There was no lion-hearted speech in the dressing room and he could not alter the direction of a one-sided game but Rooney answered England manager Fabio Capello's call to lead a depleted side and refused to let his head drop as they came up short against a team ranked the best in the world.

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