11 Nov 2016


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England's senior men team captain, Wayne Rooney believes that the current temporary coach of the England national team, Gareth Southgate has a chance at becoming its permanent manager.

Southgate just last week, had to vacate his role as the boss of the Under-21s in order to take control of the senior men's team on a temporary basis after Sam Allardyce's departure just last week.

Southgate will be at the helm of affairs of the club as their coach for the next four matches. The first will come up on Saturday at Wembley against Malta.

"It is an opportunity to show what he can do at senior level," said Rooney.

"He has worked with a lot of the players at under-21 level which will be good for them. He will bring his own way of working so it will be good to see how that is in the next week. We have to buy into his ways and take his ideas on board and put them on the pitch."

A mutual agreement with the FA saw Allardyce vacate his position as the manager of the England's senior men team after just one match and 67 days as their boss. His departure came on the heels of an undercover newspaper investigation claiming that Allardyce had offered advice on how to get around the rules on player transfers.
Southgate, had confirmed earlier on Monday that Rooney would remain the captain of the team. He also went ahead to describe the Manchester United forward as “the outstanding leader in the group.”

Rooney, with a cap of 53 goals is England's all-time leading goal scorer but has recently lost his place in the starting XI of Manchester United. In the England national side as well, his position has been also under serious scrutiny following their disappointing outing during the Euro 2016,where he was in the midfield.