Rooney: Southgate Good For England

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Gareth Southgate has a chance to stake his claim to become England manager on a permanent basis, says captain Wayne Rooney.

Southgate, 46, vacated his role as under-21s boss to take temporary charge of the senior team following the departure of Sam Allardyce last week.

He will lead the country for the next four matches, the first of which is against Malta at Wembley on Saturday.

“It is an opportunity to show what he can do at senior level,” said Rooney.

“He has worked with a lot of the players at under-21 level which will be good for them.

“He will bring his own way of working so it will be good to see how that is in the next week. We have to buy into his ways and take his ideas on board and put them on the pitch.”

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