Sam Allardyce makes Wayne Rooney wait on England captaincy
By Andrew Dickson
Last Updated: 25/07/16 11:58pm
Sam Allardyce will not announce any decision on Wayne Rooney's England captaincy until after his first meeting with his players.
Manchester United skipper Rooney's place in the national squad was called into question prior to this summer's European Championship but he was included in the group Roy Hodgson picked.
Rooney only played the full 90 minutes once in four games at the tournament and was benched for the final group fixture against Slovakia before coming on.
Allardyce, speaking at his first news conference since his appointment was confirmed last week, said: "It's far too early to make any predictions in that area.
"I'm going to leave that until we meet all the players and we get all the coaching staff together behind the scenes and plan for the internationals in September.
"It's the first day in and [I'm] getting my feet under the table. I'm meeting everybody here at St George's Park."
The fact Allardyce will work primarily at the national training complex was one which was vital to the FA - and the new man buys into the logistics of that.
Allardyce added: "I think it's very important I base myself from here. I've nicked Dan's [Ashworth, FA technical director] so I've kicked him out.
"It was 10 years since I was last interviewed [for the position] and to sit here is obviously a huge, huge thrill for me.
"I think I fit the chair. I hope I do. I think I've got the experience to pass on and not only challenge the England team but challenge myself.
Man-management is my biggest asset, to try and help players enjoy themselves and become better than they already are.
"I think [managing] five Premier League clubs has given me a huge amount of experience and nobody else in the Premier League clubs.
"Man-management is my biggest asset, to try and help players enjoy themselves and become better than they already are.
"I think that worked everywhere else I've been so hopefully that will work on the England side. I'll have that approach in this job."