Rooney To Face Media Amid ‘Dropped’ Talk
England captain Wayne Rooney is set to face the media ahead of Tuesday’s game against Slovenia on Tuesday, amid speculation he is to be dropped for the World Cup qualifier.
Rooney, 30, was jeered by small sections of the Wembley crowd in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Malta following a perceived drop in form.
Rooney, who operated in a deep midfield role once again, has already been dropped by Manchester United in recent weeks and could now be benched by interim Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate in Ljubljana.
Rooney will appear alongside Southgate on Monday evening in Ljubljana for the prematch news conference.
England’s all-time leading goal scorer has operated purely in a midfield capacity for his country in his last outings under Roy Hodgson, Sam Allardyce and Southgate, who have all selected him as their captain.
Rooney laughed and joked with the rest of the England squad as they trained at Tottenham Hotspur’s Enfield training base ahead of Monday’s flight to Slovenia.
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs and Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford also trained following their recent call-ups and there were no absentees from the session.
But all eyes were on Rooney after other England players professed to shock at the fact he was jeered by home fans in the win over Malta.
There were a smattering of boos when his name was read out ahead of kickoff and his afternoon was bookended by jeers as a wild shot in the closing stages was greeted by audible derision around Wembley.
Rooney’s wife, Coleen, took to Twitter on Monday to defend the United man amid the criticism he has received.