Wayne Rooney has not made the cut to be a part of England squad to play against Scotland and France. Kieran Trippier has been considered instead of Rooney, stating that there is lack of regular football from the player’s end. Since Rooney had missed Southgate’s last squad for matches against Germany and Lithunia, Gareth Southgate (England football squad manager) has insisted on this decision.
On the contrary, Rooney’s club team-mate Marcus Rashford has been named in the England senior squad. England’s manager was adamant that the 19-year-old would be in the travelling party for next month’s European Under-21 championships in Poland. While Jose Mourinho, Manchester United’s boss wanted his starlet to remain with the seniors and miss the U21 tournament. Post-discussion between Southgate and Mourinho, the teenager will not go to Poland.
England’s all time record scorer, Rooney, has been playing regularly for Manchester United but apparently not enough training and international matches as compared to the other players.
Southgate was quoted saying, “We have a lot of players playing exceptionally well in the area of the pitch that Wayne plays. I said last time [in March] that he was a bit short of matches – he’s had some matches now but we’ve got players that have done really, really well for us in Adam Lallana and Dele Alli. We’ve got Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane coming back and Jermain Defoe who did really well for us last time while Jamie Vardy’s been in excellent form in the second half of the season. I can’t dress it up any other way. Other players are in really good form and deserve to keep their place. If players are playing well and the moment’s right then we will involve them in the squad. You never write off a player of Wayne’s quality and I’m sure that, next season, he’ll be back to playing. He’s finished the season a bit better and I’m sure he’ll take that into next year.”