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Football: Rooney right for England captaincy, says Ferdinand

Published on Jul 30, 2014 6:45 PM
 
Wayne Rooney has what it takes to succeed Steven Gerrard as England's football captain, his former Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand believes. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Wayne Rooney has what it takes to succeed Steven Gerrard as England's football captain, his former Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand believes.

The England skipper's vacancy is available after Gerrard's retirement from the international scene following the World Cup.

Other possible contenders being considered by manager Roy Hodgson are thought to include goalkeeper Joe Hart and Gary Cahill, but Ferdinand believes Rooney is the man.

"I think Wayne has grown and he is growing into that role," Ferdinand, who captained England for 13 months from February 2010, was quoted as saying in various British media on Wednesday.

 
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