By Emma Sanders
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is to be dropped for England’s clash against Slovenia on Tuesday, according to a report.
The BBC Sport website claims England’s record scorer has failed to make the cut for the World Cup qualifier in what is Gareth Southgate’s biggest call since becoming interim manager.
Rooney was criticised for his performance against Malta on Saturday despite the captain leading his side to a 2-0 victory.
Southgate is expected to address the media at 6.30pm on Monday but the report on the BBC website has already revealed the captain will be named as a substitute.
The most-capped outfield England player will not start the clash against Slovenia despite making his 117th appearance against Malta.
Manchester United’s captain has been a controversial figure in the England starting XI of late, as his performances have been heavily criticised.
The record goal-scorer hasn’t performed as well as fans have expected and his new position as a deep-lying midfielder has not been met with acclaim.
In other Manchester United news, Jordan Henderson gives his verdict on the impact Rooney has on the England side.