Sky Sports have reported that Wayne Rooney will be dropped by Gareth Southgate for England’s encounter with Slovenia this week.
The 30-year-old was jeered by certain sections of Wembley during the 2-0 win over Malta at the weekend, although Southgate and many of his teammates came out publicly to defend him.
However, as seen in the tweet below, it appears as though the interim England boss will make changes for the Slovenia game and they will see Rooney potentially drop to the bench.
BREAKING NEWS: Sky sources: England captain Wayne Rooney to be named as substitute for tomorrow's World Cup qualifier v Slovenia. #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) October 10, 2016
If true, it will only add further pressure on the Manchester United captain, who has also lost his place in the starting line-up at Old Trafford in recent weeks.
In turn, he will now have a real fight on his hands to remain a key part of his club and country’s plans moving forward, with speculation growing over who will wear the captain’s armband for the Three Lions against Slovenia.
According to Sky Sports presenter Jim White, as seen in the tweet below, it will be between Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, and so the wait goes on for Southgate to confirm who it will be, if indeed Rooney is dropped from the starting XI.
It's my understanding that Wayne Rooney won't start in Slovenia – Cahill or Henderson will captain England
— Jim White (@JimWhite) October 10, 2016