Facing his critics: Skipper Wayne Rooney speaks after being dropped at England’s press conference
Not everyone wanted to see Rooney get dropped.
In fact, ex-England and Liverpool legend John Barnes believes that the United striker is still among the very best that the Three Lions have to call upon.
Speaking on behalf of England team sponsor Vauxhall, he said:
Wayne may not be the player he was but he is still good enough to be in this team.
If you leave Wayne Rooney out, who are you going to bring in?
People have to stop saying Wayne is not as good as he was or not good enough unless they can give us somebody better to replace him.
You can see more quotes from Barnes, who himself made nearly 80 appearances for England, right here.
Unsurprisingly, Colleen Rooney has leapt to the defence of her beleaguered husband.
She was unimpressed with the treatment that he got at the hands of the Wembley faithful at the weekend and spoke out on Twitter.
Below’s just a taste. You can read the full rant here.
Love the way Anyone & Everyone has to have an Opinion. Lighten up, life is short, give people a break. Some forget others have feelings too.
— Coleen Rooney (@ColeenRoo) October 10, 2016
Time to have your say. Do you think Gareth Southgate was right to drop Rooney ahead of tomorrow’s qualifier?
Should Rooney have been dropped?
According to the Mirror’s Darren Lewis, it was inevitable that Rooney, who was booed at Wembley against Malta, would be given the chop with England failing to meet their potential:
In the end the right decision by Gareth Southgate – one the may even spark a sigh of relief from Wayne Rooney himself.
It had been on the cards ever since sections of the Wembley crowd declared they’d had enough, caps or no caps. Goals or no goals.
They openly defied the idea on Saturday that they should continue pretending they were still impressed by the emperor’s new clothes.
Read the full article right here.
What a day for England and Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney.
After it was revealed that Gareth Southgate is set to drop him for tomorrow night’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at the Stadion Stozice, the 30-year-old striker/midfielder is set to face the press next to his manager for England’s pre-match press conference at 18:30.
It will be interesting to see what the pair say – expect them to present a united front and Rooney to say that he is happy to serve his country in any capacity.
Or will all the flak he’s received following muted performances for club and country – most recently in England’s 2-0 win against Malta on Saturday – finally tell and cause the notoriously quick-to-anger Rooney to speak his mind?
Stay on this page for all the breaking developments from the press conference – including team news ahead of tomorrow’s qualifier, as Southgate looks to maintain his 100% record and ensure that England take control of Group F.
As it stands, they top the group with six points after two games, Ahead of Scotland on four points and Slovenia, also on four points.