Rooney dropped for Slovenia clash

Interim manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed the captain will not start England's World Cup qualifier against Srecko Katanec's charges in Ljubljana on Tuesday

England interim manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed Wayne Rooney will not start Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

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Three Lions record goalscorer Rooney was booed during a midfield appearance in the 2-0 victory over Malta at Wembley on Saturday.

Southgate explained the decision was tactical and said dropping Rooney was not a reflection on his performance.

He said: "It was not an easy decision to make but we felt it was the right one.

"It's very straightforward – we have looked at the way Slovenia play, which we did midway last week. And we profiled the kind of midfield we wanted to play.

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"It is in no reflection to Rooney's performance at the weekend, in fact we were happy with the way he played."

Rooney - who has scored just one goal for his club and country so far this season - has also been benched for Manchester United's last two Premier League games.

Soutgate also confirmed that Jordan Henderson will act as England skipper instead of Rooney against Slovenia, with Eric Dier set to replace the 30-year-old in the starting eleven.