Rooney is England’s record goalscorer and took on the armband from Steven Gerrard a year ago. Wayne Rooney will continue as England captain, with manager Sam Allardyce decision.
The England squad is preparing for Sunday’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia. Rooney, 30, led Roy Hodgson’s England side during Euro 2016, which ended with a disappointing last-16 exit to international minnows Iceland.
Rooney was employed as a midfielder during Euro 2016 under Hodgson. At Old Trafford this season under Jose Mourinho, Rooney has played in a deeper position behind the striker.
Allardyce said Rooney had been “an excellent captain for England” and as the most senior squad member was the “right choice to lead the team”. Allardyce also said Manchester United captain Rooney was “hugely respected by his peers”.