We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

6 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 08:23 | 30/8/16

Rooney to continue as England captain


Wayne Rooney will continue as England captain, manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed.

Rooney was appointed captain by Roy Hodgson in 2014 and wore the armband during Euro 2016. However, he came in for heavy criticism in the wake of England's last-16 exit at the hands of Iceland.

Allardyce had initially refused to confirm whether Rooney would retain the captaincy but ahead of Sunday's opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovakia the Three Lions manager has revealed it was an 'easy decision' to ask the Manchester United skipper to continue in the role.

"Wayne has been an excellent captain for England and the manner in which he has fulfilled the role made it an easy decision for me to ask him to continue," Allardyce said.

"Wayne's record speaks for itself, he is the most senior member of the squad and he is hugely respected by his peers. All of these factors point towards him being the right choice to lead the team."

Rooney has enjoyed a strong start to the season under Jose Mourinho and Allardyce is confident he can handle the responsibility of leading his country into the World Cup campaign.

"I like an on-and-off-the-field captain if there is one, but if there isn't one then being an on-the-field captain is the main basis," Allardyce said.

"You would hope the captain would make a decision on the pitch if he felt it needed to (be made). For me, that's the captain's role. It's a big responsibility at club level and even more so at international level. First and foremost lead by example.

"It's all about the personality. Can you handle the responsibility of being captain? We've seen some fabulous players in cricket who couldn't handle the captaincy.

"That's the last thing you want to do, name a captain and they be so uncomfortable with it their performance is diminished. We've seen that in cricket a few times."

Setanta Sports is now eir Sport. We have 6 great channels of live sport including eir Sport 1 & 2 and all 4 BT Sport channels. The eir Sport pack is free to all eir broadband customers. To learn more about setting sport free visit www.eir.ie/sport .

Doswell "very proud" of Sutton FA Cup run

22:08 | 20/2/17

Sutton United manager Paul Doswell is very "proud" of his players after watching them lose 2-0 to Arsenal in their FA Cup fifth round tie.


Kompany to miss Monaco tie

14:32 | 20/2/17

Vincent Kompany will miss Manchester City's Champions League last-16 first-leg tie against Monaco.


Mata: We must remain focused

11:37 | 20/2/17

Manchester United are excited at the prospect of facing Southampton in the EFL Cup final but are focused on overcoming Saint-Etienne in the Europa League before...


Arsenal end Sutton FA Cup dream

21:48 | 20/2/17

Arsenal's quest for a third FA Cup in four years remains on course after they ended Sutton United's glorious run in the fifth round 2-0 at a packed Gander Green...


Clattenburg to remain in Premier League this season

18:35 | 20/2/17

Mark Clattenburg will continue to referee in the Premier League for the remainder of the season.


What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 6 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.