Fabio Capello has revealed he will leave Wayne Rooney out of the England squad to face Spain in a friendly at Wembley Stadium and that he is not a guaranteed starter.
The Manchester United striker will miss at least one game of Euro 2012 after being sent off for kicking out against Montenegro in a 2-2 draw on Friday.
And Capello is ready to start planning for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine as he attempts to find a solution for the suspension of his talisman.
The Italian has also warned that, if Rooney's replacement impresses, the Premier League's top scorer will not be guaranteed a route back into the starting XI.
The Daily Mirror quote Capello as saying: "I could leave Rooney out. If the others are good, they will play. In my life as a manager I have put a lot of good players on the bench. I always decided who was for me the best player at that moment, at every moment.”
He added: “Rooney will not play against Spain.
“That is absolutely the case. I want to test new players, a new style and a new different movement, something different.
“Maybe it means he will be fresh for the Euros and sometimes he will come on at half-time.
“But not from the start, he will not start. We need to prepare the first 11 who will start in the Euros.
“I have got a lot of forwards at this moment, really good forwards."