Gary Cahill to captain England

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Dronfield-born Gary Cahill will captain England in Wayne Rooney’s injury inflicted absence for tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia at Wembley.

Rooney has not trained with the England squad this week due to an ankle injury he suffered in Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

Vice-captain Cahill will take the armband for the dead rubber clash, with England already guaranteed qualification and Estonia unable to qualify.

Despite the injury, Rooney has remained with the squad this week, and the FA said the skipper will be present at Friday’s game in north London.

The FA is honouring the United and England skipper for breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s scoring record last month.

Rooney surpassed Charlton’s 49-goal tally with a penalty against Switzerland last month.

The 1966 World Cup-winning forward will present Rooney with a golden boot on Friday, and a 20m x 20m surfer flag with an image of the striker on it will be passed over fans prior to kick-off.

Manager Roy Hodgson is expected to reveal at a press conference this afternoon whether Rooney will travel Lithuania for the final Euro 2016 qualifier in Vilnius on Monday.