Rooney returns to captain England against Scotland

England forward Wayne Rooney and interim manager Gareth Southgate during training

Rooney (left) made his England debut in 2003

Wayne Rooney will captain England in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on Friday, says interim manager Gareth Southgate.

The skipper, 31, was dropped for the previous game, a 0-0 draw in Slovenia last month.

“He’s in a better place than for the last get together in terms of sharpness and confidence,” said Southgate.

“He’s an experienced player for a game like this and there is no hesitation to be playing him.”

Forward Rooney, England’s record scorer with 53 goals, has won 118 caps, but was also dropped by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho this season.

He has started United’s past two games, scoring one goal.

“He is playing well,” said Southgate. “He’s a player when in a rhythm of playing, it helps him.”

More to follow.

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