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Rooney backs Terry to succeed as captain

Wayne Rooney has backed John Terry to be a successful England skipper.

The Manchester United forward will be a key figure in Steve McClaren's new-look England squad and had already jokingly suggested to the new coach he should be the man to replace David Beckham.

In the end, McClaren has plumped for Terry, with Rooney, speaking at the launch of his recently-released autobiography `Wayne Rooney: My Story So Far'. quick to offer his backing to the Chelsea skipper.

'Both Steven and John Terry are great captains,' said Rooney.

'Steven is a good friend and a has a great attitude.

'But I also know John Terry will do a fantastic job for England, as he has done for Chelsea. He is a real leader on the pitch.'

Having already skippered United at Macclesfield during the Red Devils pre-season campaign, Rooney is clearly seen as a potential captain of the future by Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, the 20-year-old admits he still has plenty of developing to do before he can even think about taking on such a role, although the honour of leading his country is one that appeals.

'I was joking when I said to Steve McClaren I wanted to be captain,' he said.

'I am not ready to be captain of my club yet, let alone my country.

'It would be nice to captain United though. If you got the chance, I don't think anyone would turn it down. It is a major honour and in the years ahead, it is something I would like to do.'