Joe Hart to captain England against Lithuania

Ross Houston
March 30, 2017

"When he's here, Wayne is our captain, the England captain, and when he's not here, you'd probably say Jordan (Henderson) and then it moves down from there".

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is unsure of staying with Torino.

However with Dier established as a regular starter for England as a midfield anchorman the 23-year-old could be an outsider contender for the armband.

After Wednesday's clash with Germany, which turned into a tribute for Germany's Lukas Podolski, who is quitting worldwide football, Southgate declined to say whether Rooney deserved something similar.

"He's absolutely (in my thinking)", the England boss said of the 119-cap forward. But we should go on a game-by-game basis; It would be foolish to think any further than that.

Despite the World Cup still being over a year away, there are a number of players for whom only injury would end their dream of representing the Three Lions in Russian Federation.

That was the most forthright Southgate has been about Rooney during an global break in which he has deployed an aggressive, high-tempo attack that it would seems hard to shoehorn the former Everton player into.

Rooney did not attend an England squad meeting last week to which now injured players like him were invited.

England manager Gareth Southgate has called on players and fans alike to prove they are great ambassadors for the country at Wembley on Sunday.

"It has obviously come to light a lot more with how well Chelsea have played it and what [Antonio] Conte has brought to the Premier League".

"I'm sure he'll be just fine".

Nevertheless before Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley, there is cause for quiet optimism about a team that includes figures of recent, crushing failure - six of the players who started in Dortmund also did so against Iceland in Nice nine months ago - but looks somewhat refreshed.

And the captaincy was not the only thing on the England manager's mind.

"These are the players for the one game now and we are going to try and win".

"In an ideal world, you have all your players playing and playing at the highest possible level and playing in Europe and everything else".

"Because of the awful things that happened in London we just hope the fans are very respectful of that and us as players we're going to respect everything in the right way and we're going to do everything to honour the people who passed away this week".

United left-back Shaw seems a prime example.

England's football authorities are still working with the police to identify the national team's supporters who were involved in "disrespectful and disappointing" behaviour during Wednesday's worldwide against Germany in Dortmund. "He has got a challenge now to get himself into the team there".

"We would prefer to focus on those that support us well and get behind the team".

"There's a challenge for every player". We want to be good ambassadors for the country and set a good example and the majority of our supporters do that.

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