Paul Scholes has put his eggs in the English basket of Wayne Rooney; tipping him as his choice for both Man United and England captain.

Scholes told media yesterday ‘If you look at England and United, there aren’t many outstanding candidates for the role – Wayne is probably the outstanding candidate. I think he could be a captain without a shadow of a doubt.’

The former midfielder played with both Rooney and Robin Van Persie at United but would would rather the former be handed the armband at Old Trafford:

I think it is between Wayne and Robin van Persie for United. Van Persie obviously has close links with Van Gaal, and you do like to have a link between your manager and your captain – he had him as captain for the Holland team.

So, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Van Persie, but I’d like to see Wayne as United captain.

Given the furore around Scholes’ comments about Rooney in his Paddy Power column during the World Cup one may think that he’s changed his tune on the striker but Scholes argued that his argument was lost in translation:

I was only saying I don’t think he should be played in wide areas – that I don’t think he has the legs to do it any more. That was the only thing he might have taken a little bit of offence to.

As an England and United fan, I want him to play centre-forward because I know if he does, he’ll score goals.

From my side we are alright – whether Wayne is upset, I don’t know. But he is an intelligent lad, and if he read it, he’ll know what I’m saying.

Some tried to make out I said he was gone, finished, which is nonsense. He has been an unbelievable player, and he still has a lot to offer.

Do you think Rooney should be given the armband or should it go to someone else at United?

hat-tip: Irish Independent

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