England drop Rooney

October 11, 2016
England's Wayne Rooney (front) attends a training session at Enfield Training Ground, London, Monday October 10. England will play Slovenia in a World Cup qualifier today.

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP):

England captain Wayne Rooney has been dropped from the starting line-up for today's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

The 30-year-old Rooney was deployed in midfield in Saturday's win against Malta, when he was booed by sections of the Wembley Stadium crowd.

England's all-time top scorer and most-capped outfield player will be among the substitutes for the Group F qualifier in Ljubljana.

"We've looked at Slovenia and the way they play, and, from when I looked at it I've had in my mind the profile of the midfield that we wanted to play," England interim manager Gareth Southgate said yesterday. "In no way is it a reflection on his performance on Saturday. In fact we, were very pleased with what he did."

Speaking alongside Southgate, Rooney said he respected his manager's decision.

"I'll be ready to come off the bench if needed," the Manchester United captain said. "I show great pride in playing for my country, whether that's from the start or from the bench."

Jordan Henderson will captain England in Rooney's absence on Tuesday. Eric Dier will take Rooney's place in the starting line-up.

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