Date: 31st August 2016 at 4:19pm
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On Sunday 28 August 2016, Sam Allardyce announced his first ever England squad since he replaced Roy Hodgson as manager on 22 July 2016.

Allardyce named three Manchester United players in his squad for the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on 4 September 2016: Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney.

A few days later, Allardyce confirmed that Wayne Rooney would retain the England captaincy; Rooney has captained England 19 times in his 115 appearances (up to and including their 1-0 defeat to Iceland at the 2016 European Championship Finals) but is a long way short of two other United England captains, Bryan Robson (65 caps as captain from 90 appearances) and David Beckham (59 caps as captain from 115 appearances).

Robbo, Becks, Billy Wright and Bobby Moore are the only players to have captained England more than 40 times. No doubt Robson would have challenged the Wright/Moore record of 90 captaincies had it not been for his aggressive style of play for club and country, resulting in several serious injuries thereby reducing the number of caps he was awarded.

In February 2012, Fabio Capello resigned following the FA’s decision to remove the captaincy of the national side from Chelsea`s John Terry and Stuart Pearce took temporary charge of the team in a caretaker role. Pearce selected four United players in his squad to face Holland at Wembley Stadium on 29 February 2012. England lost the friendly 3-2 with Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young starting (Young scored). Phil Jones came on as a substitute for Smalling.

Sir Alex Ferguson once sent eight United players to join-up with an England squad, a 2002 Fifa World Cup qualifier versus Albania on 28 March 2001 at the Stadiumi Kombetar, Sheshi Italia, Tiranë, Albania. Five Reds started in the 3-1 win (Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Andy Cole) with two coming on as substitutes (Wes Brown for Sol Campbell and Teddy Sheringham for Michael Owen), meaning there were seven United players on the pitch at the same time. Phil Neville was an unused substitute. Two future United players also played in the game, Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United) and Michael Owen (Liverpool). England scorers: Owen, Cole and Scholes.

Did You Know That?

Andy Cole`s first three full England caps were awarded by three different England managers:

? Terry Venables (England 0-0 Uruguay, 29 March 1995, 1 cap),

? Glenn Hoddle (England 2-0 Italy, 4 June 1997, 1 cap)


? Howard Wilkinson (England 0-2 France, 10 February 1999, 2 caps).

Cole was also capped 6 times by Kevin Keegan and 5 times by Sven-Goran Eriksson. His goal against Albania ended his England goal drought at the 13th attempt.