Wayne Rooney will be on bench for Slovenia game

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England captain Wayne Rooney is set to be dropped to the bench for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

His performances recently have been heavily criticised and the 30-year-old was booed by sections of the Wembley crowd at the weekend, when he operated in a deep-lying midfield role. Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier played in that position during Euro 2016.

Wayne Rooney will be on bench for Slovenia game

Slovenia manager Srecko Katanec says it will not surprise him if Rooney is left out by England as he feels the player “is not the youngest any more and his form has taken a little dip”.

“Wayne Rooney is a leader of this team, he has the experience a captain needs and it is quite hard to substitute him or leave him out,” added Katanec, whose side have four points in World Cup Qualifying Group F following a draw with Lithuania and victory over Slovakia.

“Because of his experience and quality, I would rather he would not start than he does start.”


England’s victory over Malta gave them two wins out of two to leave them top of the group, two points ahead of second-placed Scotland.