John Stones feels Wayne Rooney's leadership is vital after Sam Allardyce exit

  • John Stones feels Wayne Rooney's leadership is vital after Sam Allardyce exit

John Stones feels Wayne Rooney's leadership is vital after Sam Allardyce exit

Cape Town - Wayne Rooney believes that Marcus Rashford is the future of Manchester United and the England team.

Coach Sam Allardyce's contract was terminated last week after just one game and 67 days in the position.

However, following his £47.5 million ($61 million, 55 million euros) pre-season move to City, Allardyce picked him for England's opening World Cup qualifier away to Slovakia.

He said: "I don't know whether the job is his to lose or not, but I think he's got to be delighted, delighted to be given the opportunity".

"It was a decision for the Football Association to take".

"I've answered it many times and it's the same answer - I play where the manager wants me to play - I don't pick myself".

John Stones stresses the immediate impact made by Gareth Southgate and his teammates' focus on winning for their nation. "[Assistant coach] Steve Holland and myself, when we've worked with the Under-21s, it's one of the biggest things we've talked about and one of the biggest things we've felt younger English players need to take on board - with and without the ball, that tactical understanding".

England captain Wayne Rooney addressed the departure of Sam Allardyce, noting that the squad's morale remains high. "He understood that quite early and unfortunately he doesn't have the chance to rectify that now".

"I don't know, it's a question for Gareth", a visibly annoyed Rooney told reporters on Tuesday.

"But again I am fully supportive of the team, of the players and of the manager at Manchester United".

For now the job is Southgate's and that is a sound appointment for Cahill, who was starting out as a youth prospect at Aston Villa when his fellow central defender was a first-team fixture. "I played exactly to instructions, and what was asked of me", Rooney said in an interview with national newspapers in the UK. "That's part of being involved at this level", Rooney, a veteran of 116 caps, said.

Veteran Rooney has been assured by Southgate he will retain the armband despite losing his place in the Manchester United first team. "I would just like to see Gareth Southgate have somebody with a bit more experience with him".

"I have heard a lot of people talking about transition - well, let me do it", he said.

Rashford is developing at a rapid rate for club and country and many expect him to start for the Three Lions in their qualifiers over the next week with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana injured.

As we all know, his spell at Valencia didn't pan out too well, nor did England's Euro 2016 campaign, where the former Manchester United full-back had been assistant to manager Roy Hodgson. I made my own mistakes out of nothing.