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England Goes For Tuesday’s World Cup Qualifier without Wayne Rooney

England captain Wayne Rooney has admitted that he is going through what he terms as a “difficult period” after being left out of the World Cup qualifier on Tuesday against Slovenia. Rooney has not started in the last three matches for Manchester United and was booed by a section of the crowd at Wembley during their win on Saturday over Malta.


Gareth Southgate, the England Interim Manager has made it known that the decision was not reflective of Rooney’s form, but a tactical one. The Manchester player retain the team captaincy but on Tuesday, Jordan Henderson, the Liverpool midfielder/Captain will be the on-field skipper. The 30-year-old Rooney has said he feels “no embarrassment” for having to sit on the bench.


Sterling Record


For Manchester United, this season, Wayne Rooney has largely being playing in an advanced midfield role, but deeper for the national team. Rooney is England’s most-capped male outfield player and record scorer, with 117 appearances and 53 goals. Over his past 10 appearances, Rooney has executed the 2nd most number of passes than any England player second only to Jordan Henderson (628). Dier has 545 passes.


This season, he has netted just once for club and country in 12 games.


The Future


Rooney has insisted that despite being dropped for the very first time in his career, he will not at this time contemplate retirement from international football. He also insists that being dropped by the national coach for the Tuesday World Cup Qualifier has not altered his plan of retiring from international football in 2018 after the World Cup in Russia.


Chris Sutton, former England striker believes that Rooney has displayed a lot of class and it may not be that easy for the current captain to take being axed from the first team. Sutton feels that Rooney has taken the matter very gracefully.


According to the England Captain, it’s normal that a time comes when somebody’s name misses from the team sheet, something he has experienced in the past. As Wayne Rooney prepares for his place as a substitute on Tuesday, he has vowed to fight back into the first team.


Rooney has also praised Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, 26, who will be captain for the Tuesday’s duel and who also succeeded Steven Gerrard as the captain for Liverpool FC.