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Rooney to be named England captain
Frank Lampard is losing his fitness battle – leaving Wayne Rooney in the frame to lead out England for the first time tomorrow. With Steven Gerrard suspended for the World Cup qualifier against San Marino at Wembley, Chelsea star Lampard was next in line for the captain’s armband. However, Lampard has a knee injury which has restricted him to light jogging this week and the midfielder expects boss Roy Hodgson not to risk him against the minnows, with a far tougher tie in Poland to come on Tuesday. Rooney has made no secret of his desire to captain his country and spoke this week about how he wants to bring out the best in Hodgson’s young players, like the legendary Eric Cantona did at Manchester United.
Norman Whiteside features in the Belfast Telegraph, explaining why he is excited to see Rooney and Robin van Persie link up for United this season. “I thought bringing van Persie in was a great piece of business from Sir Alex,” Whiteside is quoted. “When Robin was signed, with respect to Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez, I was really looking forward to seeing him alongside Rooney and thankfully now, after Wayne's injury, we are starting to see what they can do together.”
Elsewhere, Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail claims United have been boosted by the return to first-team training of Ashley Young, who has been out of action for more than a month. Sir Alex Ferguson hopes that Young may be available for the home game against Stoke City on 20 October.