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Wayne Rooney in line to captain England against Ireland at Wembley

Rooney has spoken to Hodgson to assure him the impending birth of his second child will not prevent him from meeting up on 26 May.

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WAYNE ROONEY COULD be handed the England captaincy for the 29 May friendly against the Republic of Ireland as national team boss Roy Hodgson looks to boost the star’s flagging confidence.

Rooney was dropped by Alex Ferguson for Manchester United’s final home game of the season last weekend after he handed in a transfer request.

But Hodgson said on Thursday that he would have no hesitation in handing the England armband to Rooney, 27, following Steven Gerrard’s unavailability following shoulder surgery.

“He knows he is right up there,” said Hodgson. “He has captained England once for me, at home to San Marino. I know he enjoyed that experience and I am pretty sure there are times when he will captain England again.”

Rooney has spoken to Hodgson to assure him the impending birth of his second child will not prevent him from meeting up on 26 May, at the start of an eight-day gathering that also includes a game against Brazil at the Maracana.

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