Rooney Axed in England’s Squad, Loses Captaincy
Mystery and pressure still mounts on English and Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney as he misses on the call list produced by England national football team manager Gareth Southgate.
The English manager further ripped off the captaincy role from the troubled attacker as the Three Lions embark on 2018 World Cup preparations. Rooney has not been properly utilized by Jose Mourinho at the club and the omission from the national team’s squad seems to rub salt in his sore.
Rooney made his debut in the national team at a tender age of 17 way back in 2003 and since then he has been frequently used by several managers he has played under. The skipper recently surpassed Manchester United legend Sir Boby Charlton in goals tally breaking the goal scoring record held by the veteran footballer.
Following the axing of Rooney from the squad, the England’s boss had his say on the issue revealing that the new captain will be seen in the next match. “The captain is the person that is captain in the next game”, said Southgate.
The head coach further stated that one of his core duties is to develop future leaders at the team. “The key for me is how we develop more leaders. I don’t think that he expects, if he is not playing every week for his club, to be picked. Wayne is very mature in this sort of discussion”,he added.
Among other players left out are; Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott . Jermain Defoe was however handed a recall at 34 alongside fellow strikers Marcus Rashford, 19, and Jamie Vardy, 30.
Southgate has invited Rooney to Monday’s team meeting at St George’s Park despite overlooking him. “We’re going to have a meeting with all of the players about what we feel the next 18 months will look like. He’ll be part of that”, said Southgate.