Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

England[.]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

England[.]

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- ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson believes captaincy has made Wayne Rooney better.

The United striker, who is also club skipper, assumed the armband following the international retirement of Steven Gerrard last summer.

Hodgson said he has seen an improvement in the 29-year-old since taking on the role.

"Wayne has been fantastic all the time I've been with the national team but I would say he has stepped up a notch in terms of being an England player since he got the captaincy," the England boss told American radio station Sirius.

"He took that honour very seriously. He has researched the role a little bit, taken in experience of playing under previous captains and he works very closely with me and the players but, most importantly of all, he plays well for the team.

"The good fortune for us is he has come up with goals - I am thinking of the Estonia game when he wasn't having a wonder game - even when his actual performance hasn't been as good as he can be. …

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