England coach Roy Hodgson has tipped Manchester United

England coach Roy Hodgson has tipped Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to take over the Three Lions captaincy in the future.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard currently wears the national armband. And while he is in fine form, at 33 years of age the Reds midfielder faces a challenge in making it to Euro 2016.

"Wayne, I'm sure, is a future captain of England because we are losing some of the famous players of the past who have served England so well," Hodgson is quoted as saying by the Mirror.

"Steven Gerrard's playing magnificently for Liverpool and has been a major factor in their season so far, and I wouldn't want to write him off [for Euro 2016] but maybe when the day comes for Gerrard to hang up his boots, Wayne will be straight in there I'm sure."

Hodgson also expressed happiness that Rooney had ended speculation over his career by penning a new five-and-a-half-year contract with United last week.

"I trust Wayne and even if his future hadn't been settled in this way he could have still focused on the World Cup," Hodgson said.

"It must be nice for him to know he's committed the bulk of his best playing years to Manchester United and England, so we're very happy for him and very happy for Manchester United and ourselves as well."

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