ROONEY CONSIDERED FOR VICE-CAPTAINCY
England coach Roy Hodgson has revealed Wayne Rooney is under consideration to be his vice-captain.
When Fabio Capello appointed John Terry as his skipper, he also confirmed Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard as deputies.
With Terry out of the running for disciplinary reasons, Gerrard is wearing the armband now.
So far, Hodgson has not said who his number two will be.
However, in being wary of going through the attributes of various members of his squad, including Scott Parker and Joe Hart, Hodgson brought Rooney's name up himself.
"The vice-captaincy is something we're considering," said Hodgson.
"We're having to take it on a game by game basis but Rooney would come into the reckoning."
Rooney is suspended for England's opening two games at Euro 2012 and is unlikely to start Saturday's friendly with Belgium either as Hodgson tries to put a team together for the crucial Group D encounter with France in Donetsk on June 11.
His task has not been made any easier by the loss of experienced central midfield duo Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard to injury during the past week.
It does seem to be the fate of every England manager to have their plans sabotaged by fitness concerns, with even Hodgson admitting it is something of a "curse".
"We are at the end of a long season, particularly in England where we don't have the winter break," he said.
"There's always going to be that risk.
"A player comes to you carrying a slight injury. Frank was very unfortunate. With Gareth he'd probably been playing through it for a few weeks.
"These things do happen. I put it down to misfortune and, as you say, a 'curse' - but let's hope we don't go down that road."
Indeed, Hodgson pointed out France have had their own troubles, with Bacary Sagna ruled out already and Yann M'Vila fearing he was going to join the Arsenal full-back on the sidelines when he suffered an ankle injury against Serbia on Thursday.
All he can do is accept what fate has thrown at him and try to sort out the best possible team from what he has left.
That means trying a few of the players who missed out in Oslo.
"Audition is too strong a word to use with so many senior players, but it's preparatory," said Hodgson of the Belgium game.
"The back four will be totally different and when it comes to the front four positions, I have a lot of options.
"I've not had a chance to see Danny Welbeck because he's not been fit, so there are elements like that involved."
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