Betting Special: Rooney favourite to become England captain

Following the retirement of Steven Gerrard from international football, the Manchester United striker is odds on to become Roy Hodgson's new on-field leader
After a disastrous World Cup campaign that saw England crash out at the group stages for the first time since 1958, plenty expected changes to the Three Lions ahead of their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Next England captain

Odds from William Hill
Wayne Rooney 1/3
Gary Cahill 5/1
Joe Hart 5/1
Phil Jagielka 16/1
Jack Wilshere 33/1
Manager Roy Hodgson will remain in charge until the tournament in France, but he is now looking for a new leader following Steven Gerrard's announcement that he will be retiring from international football and, in doing so, vacating the captain's armband.

Gerrard made 114 appearances for his country and led the side at three major tournaments, but after a career that failed to reach its potential on the international scene, the honour, or possible burden, of being England captain now falls onto yet another player who must look to lead the side to a second major tournament trophy.

At 28, Wayne Rooney should be at the peak of his powers, and despite another disappointing showing at a World Cup, he still remains a key part of Hodgson's plans and has been installed at 1/3 (1.33) favourite with William Hill to take on the armband for the team's opening qualifying match against Switzerland.

Rooney's place, however, came under plenty of scrutiny during the campaign in Brazil, and Hodgson could be reluctant to entrust the captaincy on a player that may not even start on a regular basis.

That doubt as to Rooney's place in the team could lead to either Gary Cahill or Joe Hart, who are both at 5/1 (6.00) with William Hill, proving to be shrewd bets given their more secure nature in Hodgson's starting XI.

Elsewhere, Everton club captain Phil Jagielka is at 16/1 (17.00) may be considered given his previous leadership experience, while Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is at 33/1 (34.00) should Hodgson look for a younger skipper who could take on the armband for a number of years to come.

Gerrard, meanwhile, is priced at 8/1 (9.00) with William Hill to start a match for his country again should Hodgson believe that any form for Liverpool warrant a phone call to his former captain to beg for his return to the fold.

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