“ Yes Captain ” – Wayne Rooney and recent England Skippers

Captain,Wayne Rooney is the latest in a long line of England skippers since 1872, 112 in fact; here’s a dressing room roundup of some of our favourites:

Wayne Rooney b 24.10.1985

When 17 year-old Wayne Rooney was picked to be part of the England national team in 2003, the Everton lad made history as England’s youngest ever player.

After a decade at Manchester United (joining at age 18) the now-MUFC captain proved himself as England’s leading man on several ad-hoc occasions, making him first choice for England skipper in 2014.

Steven Gerrard b 30.05.1980

Who would have foreseen cheeky little Steven Gerrard as the future England captain when Liverpool FC signed him as a 7-year old in 1987.  

Gerrard has played his whole career at Anfield, moving into their senior squad in 1998, donning the captain’s armband for many of those years. The 2015 season will be his last in the English premier league as he departs to foreign shores for an 18-month deal mid-season transfer deal with LA Galaxy.

Steven will be wearing the same number 8 as he wears at Liverpool, and is expected to make his first appearance in a Galaxy shirt when they face the San Jose Earthquakes at the StubHub Center.

Gary Lineker b 30.11.1960

Gary Lineker began his footballing career at Leicester City and scored 48 goals in an England career between 1984- 1992, and is the record holder for scoring a total of 10 World Cup goals and also holds the Golden Boot as top scorer in the 1986 World Cup.

Throughout his long and distinguished career he not once received a yellow or red card, which led him to be awarded in 1990 the FIFA Fair Play Award. During his career he played for Everton, Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur and Japanese team Nagoya Grampus Eight.

He has presented Match of the Day since 1999, and shares a birthday (and his middle name) with Winston Churchill.

John Terry b 07.12.1980

John Terry joined the Chelsea Youth Team in 1995 and was promoted to their senior team in 1998. Terry is Chelsea’s most successful captain having led them to three premier league titles, two league cups and the UEFA Champion’s League, all since 2004.

With six goals for the national side and a captain from 2006- 2010 and 2011-2012, Terry was also one of England’s most successful captain. It is not known if he will end his career at Chelsea or will follow teammates to play in the American MLS League.

David Beckham b 02.05.1975

David Beckham is the first English player to win leagues in 4 different countries: England, Spain, the US and France.

Beckham also had a successful national career with 115 England caps playing as skipper for 6 years on 58 of these occasions. He was a distinguished MUFC senior team player from 1992-2003 and was loaned for a short time to Preston North End.

Since then Beckham has travelled abroad to join Real Madrid (2003-2007), LA Galaxy (2007-2012) has been loaned to AC Milan (2009-2010) and most recently Paris St Germain prior to his 2013 retirement; he made ten appearances for the club and donated his salary to a local children’s charity. 

Frank Lampard b 20.06.1978

Like many England captains, Frank Lampard came through one of the club youth academies that are vital to English football.  

‘Lamps’ began his footballing career at West Ham United youth academy in 1994 and gained his senior place from 1995 – 2001. He was then loaned to Swansea between 1995-96 before moving to Chelsea (2001-2014) and becoming their leading goal scorer and deputy England captain.

It was understood that Frank would be leaving English football and joining New York City FC in the MLS SuperDraft league from the start of the 2015 season; despite this knowledge he temporarily moved to Manchester City FC and has now extended his short term contract there.

Frank has signed a non-binding agreement to join the New York club from the start of the 2015 season but this has been postponed, much to the disgruntlement of NYC season ticket holders.

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