England’s interim manager, Gareth Southgate has confirmed that the Three Lions captain will not start the team’s next World Cup Qualifier against Slovenia.
The captain had been much maligned over his recent form for both club and country with Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho dropping him for the past few games.
His future with the Three Lions will now be under intense scrutiny especially if the team plays far better without their captain.
Southgate has also confirmed that Jordan Henderson will captain the England squad against Slovenia. While quick to emphasise that Rooney is still the captain of the side, many would see his dropping as an indication that the end is near for Rooney.