Gareth Southgate to 'drop' Wayne Rooney against Slovenia

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Wayne Rooney was once again the subject of scrutiny following England's woeful 2-0 win over Malta at Wembley on Saturday.

Despite making 153 successful passes throughout the 90 minutes, second only to Jordan Henderson, the 30-year-old lost possession on 23 occasions and created just one chance.

One particular moment in the first half encapsulated Rooney's poor display, when he bottled a challenge and was nutmegged by one of Malta's players.


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Two shots on target was one of the more positive statistics for England's captain, but the simple fact of the matter was that he made very little impact.

And now he must pay the consequences, because according to Sky Sports presenter Jim White, caretaker manager Gareth Southgate has made a big decision on Rooney based on Saturday's showing.

The Manchester United superstar will reportedly be dropped against Slovenia on Tuesday night, with Henderson or Gary Cahill taking over as captain (see below).

Football fans, predictably, are delighted by the news. Here's how Twitter reacted.


One or two users expressed doubt over Henderson being a potential replacement as captain, though.

England fans' wishes have well and truly come true after booing Rooney in the closing stages of Saturday's win.

With minutes remaining, the 30-year-old struck a wayward shot that provoked a frustrated reaction from those present at Wembley.

Following the clash, Henderson was asked for his take on the abuse Rooney received and insisted his confidence hadn't been damaged.

"Wayne's experienced enough to know he has to concentrate on his football," he said, per Sky Sports. "I think he's had criticism for most of his career, like many players have.

"He deals with it very well. He's our captain and our leader. He's a fantastic player for Manchester United and England.

"I didn't really hear any boos, but we have to deal with it as professional footballers. There is going to be criticism along the way."

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