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Wayne Rooney to be England's captain against Scotland

"Yes, he is", Southgate told reporters on Thursday when asked if Rooney will captain the side against Scotland.

England versus Scotland - it's the oldest rivalry in football, and the 113th instalment will take place on Friday when the two meet in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

The Manchester United striker did not start in England's last qualifier, a 0-0 draw with Slovenia in which Jordan Henderson started as captain, but improved performances for his club in recent weeks has convinced Southgate to put his faith in Rooney.

"I think he's an experienced player for a game like this, there was no hesitation from me in selecting him. This is a team that has a lot of energy and potential, but you need some experience around it as well".

"It will be hard for them but the passion will not call come from the Scotland side, English players have plenty passion". I know there are leaders in the team, I know we've got great character so that isn't a question in our dressing room.

The 31-year-old returned to United's starting line-up in the 3-1 victory over Swansea last weekend and England interim boss Southgate says his skipper is now "in a better place".

"He's playing well, he's played well in the last couple of games for Manchester United".

England vs Scotland is slated to be the most exciting of all the clashes that are to come up in the Group F. and both teams will be looking forward to get the better of the other at the end of the final whistle.

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Before that came Euro 96, and Paul Gascoigne's unforgettable finish in a 2-0 Wembley win.

"The guys have a bit more clarity on what we want to do with the ball", he added. "I've heard people say before football is about people who play and people who pay, I think that's about right", was his latest offering on the subject.

"For me, what happens to me is not important, we have to win this game for the country, and because we want to be top of the group and heading to Russian Federation", said the former England Under-21 coach.

"I'm sure there's been matches down the years that have been agonising for everyone to watch". What happens to me is important to my family, but it's not the reason and the focus for the game.

Scotland will also be missing key player Steven Fletcher who is going through rehabilitation following a knee surgery. Everybody has a slightly different way of playing, and the more we have an England way of playing, the easier that will be to adapt to.

"The atmosphere could focus us, it might spook a few people too".

"They feel pleased that they are the group that's going to take on England. I'm confident we'll be better than we were in our last two matches".

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