By Emma Sanders
Wayne Rooney will reportedly be dropped from England’s starting line-up against Slovenia on Tuesday- and Twitter reacted strongly to the news that Jordan Henderson is expected to be named captain.
The Liverpool midfielder could take the armband off his Manchester United rival and there was strong reaction from Reds’ fans on social media.
Gareth Southgate’s side defeated Malta 2-0 on Saturday in a comfortable victory but Rooney was booed by some of the 81,000 fans watching at Wembley.
The Manchester United captain has been heavily criticised for his England performances recently and Sky Sports reported on their website Monday he has been omitted from the team that faces Slovenia.
England’s most-capped player featured alongside Henderson in a deep-lying midfield role on Saturday.
However, it could be Liverpool’s captain that leads the team out on Tuesday night and it’s an even more controversial choice.
Henderson has made 26 appearances for the Three Lions but is less experienced than Jack Wilshere, Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill and Joe Hart.
Here’s how the news of Henderson’s potential captaincy went down on Twitter with Liverpool fans on Monday afternoon:
Henderson England captain. The internet is gonna blow up and it’s gonna be great to watch.
— Philip Blundell (@PhilBlundell) October 10, 2016
I am not sure if Twitter’s servers are properly prepared for the fume if Henderson is named England captain tomorrow
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) October 10, 2016
Henderson may be one of the most controversial England captains. But would you be happy with Cahill or Hart? Nope. Hendo most in-form senior
— Emma Sanders (@em_sandy) October 10, 2016
Only Malta, but Henderson made Wayne Rooney look so bad on Saturday, did everything to a much, much higher standard.
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) October 10, 2016
Every credit to Henderson for even being in contention after receiving so much criticism lass season. He’s turned it around again. Class. https://t.co/VNNEkUeL4O
— LFC Round Up (@LFCroundup) October 10, 2016
Nobody can ever question Henderson work engine for #lfc and England, but still not the finished article not a proper leader just yet
— Dee (@MDewaji) October 10, 2016
— max (@sefendo) October 10, 2016
— Eddard (@3dd_d3nnis) October 10, 2016
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