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England v Slovenia: Wayne Rooney benched, Jordan Henderson to captain side

Published 10/10/2016

England's Wayne Rooney during a Press Conference at Stadion Stozice, Ljubliana. PA
England's Wayne Rooney during a Press Conference at Stadion Stozice, Ljubliana. PA

England captain Wayne Rooney will be left out of the line-up for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia, Gareth Southgate has confirmed.

Rooney, who was deployed in midfield on Saturday against Malta, was booed by sections of the Wembley crowd during England's 2-0 win.

And caretaker manager Southgate revealed at the pre-match press conference in Ljubljana that the national team's all-time top scorer would be among the substitutes for Tuesday's Group F qualifier.

Southgate, who confirmed Rooney would remain his captain going forward, said: "It's very straightforward. We've looked at Slovenia and the way they play and from when I looked at it I've had in my mind the profile of the midfield that we wanted to play.

"In no way is it a reflection on his performance on Saturday. In fact we were very pleased with what he did."

Jordan Henderson will captain England in Rooney's absence on Tuesday.

However, Southgate said Rooney will continue to lead the side for the foreseeable future.

"He's still captain of this team while I'm in charge," said Southgate, who is preparing for the second of his initial four-game stint as England boss.

"Everything I have seen this week has only improved the feeling of how impressive he has been as a leader of this group."

England's midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) and England's midfielder Jordan Henderson attend a team training at Tottenham Hotspur's football training facility in Enfield, north London on October 10, 2016 on the eve of the team's World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia. /AFP/Getty Images
England's midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (L) and England's midfielder Jordan Henderson attend a team training at Tottenham Hotspur's football training facility in Enfield, north London on October 10, 2016 on the eve of the team's World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia. /AFP/Getty Images

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