David Beckham says that Wayne Rooney is a good choice to be England captain.
Beckham, who led England 59 times during his career, believes that Rooney’s attitude can help him get the fans on side, and claims that he was the natural choice following the international retirements of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lamard.
“It’s not a surprise to me at all,” Beckham told FA.com. “He’s one of the most experienced in the team now and obviously there’s a few players who have stopped playing now so he is the most respected player in the team now as well.
“Young players will look up to Wayne for inspiration. He’s a player that wears his heart on his sleeve and that’s what playing for England is all about.
“People want to see that passion, people want to see you fight for every ball and celebrate every goal you score or set–up and that’s what Wayne is all about.”
Rooney led England out for the first time as permanent captain on Wednesday night, as they beat Norway 1-0 at London's Wembley Stadium.
It was a performance that has only raised further questions after a dismal World Cup and, although Rooney scored and the Three Lions won, the 28-year-old will know that performances, both as an individual and as a collective team, will have to improve.
The Manchester United star has come under criticism after a series of insipid displays for his country, and his position is coming under threat as a result.
England coach Roy Hodgson has suggested that Rooney is a major part of his future plans, but the Three Lions' performance actually improved when he was off the pitch.
That said, he is obviously their highest profile star and, when on form, their most effective footballer so Hodgson’s faith and patience in him is understandable.
Rooney and the rest of his teammates will be hoping to put in an improved performance when they take on Switzerland in their next game.