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Capello backs captain Rooney

16 Apr 2008 - 07:42:33

National team head coach Fabio Capello believes that striker Wayne Rooney will make an excellent England captain in the future.

The 22-year-old Manchester United ace has already scored 14 goals in 42 games for his country and Capello feels that Rooney has a lot more to give in the coming years.

The Italian commented: "Wayne Rooney is young but I believe in the future he could be captain of England one day.

"He is a leader, he is a good example on the pitch. We need to give him a bit more time to get some more experience and mature a bit.

"The good thing is he has got a big margin of improvement ahead of him.

"I am undecided who will be captain for the next game, but I do believe Rooney could one day be captain.

"He is the most talented young English player. He is very good at everything. The one thing he can improve is the number of chances he puts away.

"He doesn't convert as many as he could, but I am sure that will come in the future."


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