Rooney reacts to being dropped by England

The Manchester United and Three Lions captain has been left out of the starting XI for the meeting with Slovenia on Tuesday, a decision he insists he accepts and understands

Wayne Rooney has reacted to being dropped by England manager Gareth Southgate and insists he "understands" the decision.

The under-fire Three Lions captain had widely been expected to be left out of the starting XI for the World Cup qualifier with Slovenia on Tuesday, with Southgate having now confirmed the news.

And Rooney has vowed to continue giving his all for his country and insists that he respects the decision to leave him out of the side.

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He told reporters on Monday: "I understand and respect the manager's decision.

"You want to play but I will support the players 100 per cent and be ready to come on if needed.

"I show great pride playing for my country, whether that's from the bench or from the start.

"Of course, you want to be on the pitch but my role as captain won't change off the pitch.

"If selected I am available to play. I love playing for my country. I've made it clear what my plans were and they won't change.

"If that [Rooney's role] is from the bench that is from the bench."