David Beckham: Wayne Rooney will ‘lead by example’

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Former England captain David Beckham believes that Wayne Rooney is the right man to lead out the national side and he expects that the striker will prove to be a success.

Beckham was the Three Lions captain for 59 of the 115 caps he won during an illustrious playing career.

However, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan man failed to help England who are priced at 1.34 to win Group F in Euro 2016 qualification claim any silverware during his time as skipper.

The 39-year-old admitted that it is a responsibility that comes with a huge amount of pressure and he believes that Rooney will be able to thrive in the role.

Beckham said: “Wayne will get the best out of the players, he has always played with his heart on his sleeve.

“He will work hard, play hard, that’s the way he is and he will lead by example. I never hid as captain and Wayne has never hidden either, even when he has had difficult times on the pitch by not scoring or not had a great game.”

Rooney has been handed the captaincy at both club and international level this season with both Roy Hodgson and Louis van Gaal believing that he has matured and is ready to wear the armband.

Beckham feels that the United front man has shown a real maturity over the past couple of seasons and expects that will continue as he settles into his new role.

He added: “I made mistakes when I was captain of the country and did silly things but I grew into it and it made me more mature.
“You realise you have a real responsibility on and off the field. You have to lead by example.

“You will never see him not working. That will be one of his strongest qualities.”

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