Beckham: Rooney an inspiration

David Beckham (AFP)
David Beckham (AFP)

London - Wayne Rooney has made a great start as England captain and will be an inspirational leader in the future, former skipper David Beckham believes.

The Manchester United striker was permanent England skipper for the first time in Wednesday night's win over Norway in which he scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

Next up he will lead Roy Hodgson's side into the first Euro 2016 qualififier against Switzerland on Monday.

"Young players will look up to Wayne for inspiration," Beckham, England captain on 59 occasions, including on Rooney's debut against Australia in 2003, told the Football Association's website.

"He's one of the most experienced players in the team now. He's now the most respected player in the team.

"He's a player who wears his heart on his sleeve. People want to see that passion; you fight for every ball and celebrate every goal you score, or every goal you set up.

"That's what Wayne's all about. Wayne's such a great talent, such a great player, people love him, fans love him and it's great to see him with the armband. It's something I know he'll cherish."

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