Wayne Rooney backs Jude Bellingham to become England’s ‘future captain’ after Harry Kane

'He has got the potential to be one of, if not the best, if he carries on the way he is going.'

Wayne Rooney backs Jude Bellingham to become England’s ‘future captain’ after Harry Kane
Jude Bellingham has established himself as a key figure at the heart of England's midfield
Jude Bellingham has established himself as a key figure at the heart of England’s midfield (Getty)

Wayne Rooney has backed Jude Bellingham to become England’s ‘future captain’ after Harry Kane.

Bellingham has quickly established himself as a key figure at Real Madrid following his move from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, while at international level, the 20-year-old is set to be a key part of England’s Euro 2024 campaign next summer after Gareth Southgate’s side qualified for the tournament this week.

Rooney, who captained England for three years, believes Bellingham will take the Three Lions armband after Kane and feels the midfielder can become the best player in the world.

But the former Manchester United forward has urged supporters to stick by Bellingham when he suffers a dip in form.

‘He’s on such a good run of form and what’s important is that when [his form dips], and it will dip at some point, we don’t kill him and we get behind him and stick with him,’ Rooney said.

‘It happens to all players and it will happen to Jude. We’ve seen it with Marcus [Rashford] and Raheem [Sterling] as well.

‘Jude has got the potential to be one of, if not the best, if he carries on the way he is going, so I think we really have to support him because in my eyes he’s the future captain of England.

‘We need to protect him and really look at him as the future of England.

‘He just needs to keep [doing] what he’s doing and stay focused.

‘He’s only 20 but already he has the career of a 24 or 25-year-old with the big games that he has played and the number of games he’s played.’

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