Gareth Southgate discusses Wayne Rooney’s England role: I’m not afraid to drop him

10 Oct

“Wayne commands the respect [of his team-mates]. When he makes his observations, he speaks up, it’s clear the authority that he talks with, but also the insight and his knowledge of the game is of a very high level, not just of the game but the dynamics of the groups and things they can learn, things they can improve upon. But it’s impossible to really feel that unless you are inside it.”


Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs, meanwhile, has cut short a holiday in Dubai to join up with the squad following the hamstring injury suffered by Ryan Bertrand.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been drafted into the England squad after Tom Heaton withdrew with a minor injury.

The Sunderland stopper was due to link up with England Under-21s ahead of their Euro Qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina, but instead will meet up with the senior team in time for tomorrow’s game in Slovenia.

Burnley’s Heaton departed the camp on Sunday evening , with Pickford due to arrive in time to train with the squad at Tottenham Hotspur’s Enfield base this morning.

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