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Interim England boss Gareth Southgate insists hes not afraid to drop Wayne Rooney [Backpages]
Rooney during Malta game



Interim England boss Gareth Southgate insists hes not afraid to drop Wayne Rooney [Backpages]



Wayne Rooney’s malaise

Wayne Rooney is currently going through the biggest crisis of his career.

Having lost his starting place at Manchester United, he now faces an uphill battle to keep his England place, and finds himself in the awkward position of being his country’s captain, while at the same time out of favour at his club.

Interim England manager Gareth Southgate decided to maintain Rooney as his captain for his four games in charge, despite Wazza’s poor recent form, and started him in defensive midfield for yesterday’s game against Malta.


Rooney didn’t have a particularly poor game – in fact he was a lot better than he’s been at United of late – but he was still roundly booed by the England fans at Wembley, who seem to have turned against their captain.

Gareth Southgate insists he’ll drop Rooney if he has to

And with Eric Dier now available for selection for England’s next game against Slovenia, Rooney could be the fall guy.

No longer deemed good enough to play up front – his natural position, where he played for the large majority of his career – Rooney has been shoehorned into midfield of late, with mixed results.

Spurs midfielder Dier is a much more natural fit for that midfield role, and there is now real pressure on Southgate to drop his captain.

And according to tomorrow’s backpages, Southgate says he is not afraid to drop Rooney.

Interim England boss Gareth Southgate insists hes not afraid to drop Wayne Rooney [Backpages]
Star backpage on Rooney
Interim England boss Gareth Southgate insists hes not afraid to drop Wayne Rooney [Backpages]
Sun backpage on Rooney
Interim England boss Gareth Southgate insists hes not afraid to drop Wayne Rooney [Backpages]
Express backpage on Rooney