Lampard absence creates dilemma

The Bolton News: Frank Lampard's absence means Roy Hodgson will have to select a new captain Frank Lampard's absence means Roy Hodgson will have to select a new captain

England manager Roy Hodgson must decide on a new captain for the World Cup qualifier with San Marino after Frank Lampard was ruled out with a knee injury.

Lampard has been unable to train properly after suffering a knee injury in Chelsea's win over Norwich on Saturday.

He has now been released back to the Stamford Bridge outfit, and will return to the England camp on Sunday for further assessment ahead of next week's crucial trip to Poland.

However, with Steven Gerrard suspended, Hodgson now requires someone to wear the armband.

It seems to be a straightforward choice between Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney, with the Manchester United man favourite to get the nod, a day after it was revealed wife Coleen was expecting the couple's second child.

Rooney has done the job once before, against Brazil in Doha in 2009. This would be the first time in a competitive fixture though, with Hart adamant Rooney should be regarded as favourite for the role.

"I've no idea who is going to be captain but I am pretty sure it will fall to Rooney," said Hart.

Aside from Lampard, the only other member of Hodgson's squad who was not able to train on Thursday morning was Ryan Bertrand. Like Lampard, he has also returned to Chelsea for further treatment on a throat infection that has failed to clear up.

Bertrand's condition had been described as a sore throat, but the 23-year-old took to twitter to make clear it had taken a more serious problem to force his withdrawal.

"Just to clarify.... Its not a "sore throat" Im ill.swollen glands in my neck... And constant headache for 3 days now and freezin cold," he wrote.

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