By Harvey Byrne
Wayne Rooney will reportedly be named on the substitutes bench for Tuesday’s England clash against Slovenia – and Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight at the news.
The 30-year-old Manchester United player started and played the full 90 minutes during the 2-0 victory over Malta, but he was jeered by his own fans.
Now Sky Sports have reported on their official Twitter account that sources have revealed the experienced attacker will start from the bench during Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier.
BREAKING NEWS: Sky sources: England captain Wayne Rooney to be named as substitute for tomorrow's World Cup qualifier v Slovenia. #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) October 10, 2016
Liverpool fans have taken to social media to express their delight with many claiming it’s now time for him to hang up his international boots.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@SkySportsNewsHQ the moment we stop revolving on whether Rooney has took breath the sooner England may had a chance at building a good team
— Will Caldwell (@willcPMV) October 10, 2016
— Ir.Kumar (@skumar176) October 10, 2016
@SkySportsNewsHQ at last the penny dropping with the England management team hes finished at international level and should not be captain
— Andy B (@andyburton50) October 10, 2016
— Jürgen (@Vintage_Klopp) October 10, 2016
@SkySportsNewsHQ BREAKING! Player is named as a substitute
— Dan Healy (@dhealy09) October 10, 2016
@SkySportsNewsHQ Southgate > Big Sam + Hodgson
— Grahaaam (@GrahamBarnett93) October 10, 2016
Rooney has made 117 appearances for England, while scoring 53 goals.
He has particularly unimpressed for his country following his break through in Euro 2004.
After being regarded as one of the brightest prospects for the country in Portugal, scoring four goals, he has scored a total of three goals at following tournaments.
He has now reverted to a midfield role for club and country from his more advanced role, but he has been dropped at club level and it now looks like his international career is heading downward too.
Liverpool will face their fierce rivals at Anfield after the international break with the two sides currently in form.