England captain Wayne Rooney has been dropped from the starting eleven for the World Cup qualifying clash with Slovenia, the Daily Mail reports.
The 30-year old has suffered a serious dip in form, which appears to have seen him lose his place at Manchester United, and Gareth Southgate has now dropped the England captain from the starting line-up after giving serious consideration to what is the biggest decision of his short managerial reign.
Rooney and the rest of the Three Lions squad trained at Tottenham’s Enfield training centre ahead of Tuesday’s clash in Ljubljana as they look to maintain their 100 per cent win record in Group F.
The skipper, who was booed by sections of the Wembley crowd during Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Malta, was put through his paces on Monday along with his England team-mates but will have to settle for a place on the bench.
Southgate had insisted he would not be afraid to axe Rooney and, with Eric Dier, arguably England’s best player during the sorry Euro 2016 campaign, pushing for a recall to the team, the England boss has made a decision on his midfield options — which sees Rooney miss out.
The report also claims that as captain, Rooney will still take part in the pre-match press conference despite not starting the game.