Rooney will captain England in World Cup qualifier

Wayne Rooney will captain England for the second time in his career Friday, when the Three Lions play San Marino in UEFA qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

The 26-year-old Rooney will take the armband from Steven Gerrard, who will sit out of the match due to suspension, and vice captain Frank Lampard, who is out with injury.

"It's a great honor, it's something I'm really proud of. It's a big challenge for myself, I'm really looking forward to it and excited, and hopefully we can cap the day off with a good victory," Rooney said.

Rooney has played 76 times for England, but the Manchester United striker wore the armband in just one previous match, a 2009 friendly against Brazil.

England is even on four points with Montenegro and Poland in Group H, and will be favored to secure three points against San Marino, which is tied with Turks and Caicos Islands, and Bhutan at the bottom of the FIFA rankings in 207th.

England is ranked fifth.