England captain Wayne Rooney reveals apology from Sam Allardyce after Slovakia win

“He knew he had made a mistake. That’s part of being involved at this level. He understood that quite early and unfortunately he doesn’t have the chance to rectify that now.”

Rooney said he, like all the players, was “sad” to see Allardyce leave, but added he had not spoken to him or contacted him by text message.

Southgate, whom Rooney played against at club level and alongside with England, now has four games to enhance his claims to be the national team’s next permanent manager, starting with Malta on Saturday.

“The one thing I’m excited about is he’s a young English manager who wants to do well for England,” added Rooney. “We’ve seen that with the U21s over the last few years and it’s a big opportunity for him now. We have to try to win for him.

“If the results go well I’m sure he will be in a position where the FA will sit down with him, if that’s what he wants. It’s a big four games for him.” Danny Rose, Theo Walcott and Phil Jagielka all did gym work yesterday rather than take part in Southgate’s first training session.

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