Rooney dropped from England's starting lineup for Slovenia


Rooney dropped from England's starting lineup for Slovenia

England interim boss Gareth Southgate confirms that Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will captain the national side against Slovenia in place of Wayne Rooney. "I've played 13 years non-stop for England and given everything and the time comes when you are not the first name on the team sheet,".

But Katanec said he had warned his players against "too much euphoria", adding: "England have very quick players and very fast in transition from defence to attack".

"I presented him with a cap in the week for being the record cap holder with his country". He has been forced into the deeper role many expected him to thrive in late in his career, and it is a transition that - for the most part - has not worked. Every debate seems to focus on him. "The onus on him is enormous", Southgate said. "It's not an easy decision to take because of the respect I have for him as the captain of this team". "He is the key player we must stop", the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper told reporters. The 30-year-old revealed earlier this season that the World Cup in Russian Federation would be his final major global tournament before retirement from England duty, but if he is to remain a fringe player for both club and country, would he really be worth a place in the 23-man squad named by whomever replaces Allardyce on a permanent basis? His links with Dele and Danny (Rose) on that side of the pitch were really, really exciting.

"They have desperately wanted to play for England again and again and put their neck on the block".

"But we don't need to be afraid of the game or afraid to lose. Wayne falls into that category".

"Our instructions were to make sure we communicated and to make sure that both of us didn't get ahead of the ball and leave gaps in the middle", he said.

And Southgate, who has called up Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs to replace hamstring injury victim Ryan Bertrand, admitted his team "drifted" in the second-half.

"I was very pleased with his performance".

The players know all about each other, having been placed in the same qualification group for Euro 2016, with England winning both matches en route to a flawless qualification campaign.

But Henderson explained the team had a plan to execute, and Rooney played a clear role in that. "It's up to us to put performances on, win games and make sure everyone believes we can do something special".