Wayne Rooney will reportedly be dropped for England's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on Tuesday night following his poor showing on Saturday.
Having watched his side slump to a 2-0 victory over Malta at Wembley, caretaker manager Gareth Southgate has taken it upon himself to bench the 30-year-old and hand captaincy to one of Jordan Henderson or Gary Cahill.
However, while some sections of the media and football fans have reacted with delight at Rooney finally being dropped, others aren't so impressed.
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One of those people is TV personality and renowned Arsenal fan Piers Morgan, who has slammed all those who hailing Southgate and criticising Rooney in the process.
In fact, Morgan went on quite an astonishing - yet characteristic - rant on Twitter about how a lack of respect has been shown towards the Manchester United star.
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Here's what he had to say:
There are a few problems with Morgan's words, though, the first being the sheer amount of hypocrisy it contains.
He talks about a lack of respect, but for years the 51-year-old has publicly criticised - and that's an understatement - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Morgan's followers quickly recognised just how hypocritical he was being.
"SHOW HIM SOME DAMN RESPECT"
And here's the other problem. While Morgan clearly feels that Rooney has being hard done by, the truth of the matter is he should have been axed from England's starting XI a long, long time ago.
Again, football fans were quick to point out this fact.
"ONE OF ENGLAND'S GREATEST EVER PLAYERS"
Credit where credit's due, Southgate has stuck to his promise of making decisions that may be beneficial to his England players, in this case dropping Rooney.
He said, per the Guardian: "I've got to make decisions which are right for the team and, whenever you select a team for England, you’re going to leave out some players.
"You look at the bench [against Malta] and there are guys who are playing every week in the Premier League, so you have to be prepared to do that (make tough decisions).
"That’s part and parcel of the job."
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