England captain Wayne Rooney is set to be dropped by interim manager Gareth Southgate for Tuesday night’s match versus Slovenia, Sky Sports are reporting.
The Manchester United man was booed by sections of the Wembley crowd during the uninspiring 2-0 win over Malta on Saturday and it seems he will lose his place to Tottenham’s Eric Dier.
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Rooney has been used in a midfield role this season for club and country, but was dropped by United boss Jose Mourinho in September after a series of poor performances.
It had seemed that the former Everton man would be afforded greater leniency at international level, but another disappointing display on Saturday appears to have forced Southgate’s hand.
Dier is expected to partner Jordan Henderson in midfield, leaving many to speculate about Rooney’s future with England.
Having already announced his intention to retire from the national side in 2018, he would have been hoping and expecting to captain the side to the World Cup in Russia that year.
However, the United star has struggled to get to grips with his new position and was the England player who conceded possession the most times against Malta.
Despite this setback, Rooney will be determined to force his way back into the team and it would be foolish to write off England’s record scorer at this stage.
One thing is for sure though; Southgate has set a precedent with this decision and if his captain’s performances don’t improve then he would have a very hard time justifying his selection for the November internationals.