Wayne Rooney left out of England squad to play Scotland and France
Wayne Rooney was dropped from the England squad which will play World Cup qualifier matches against Scotland and France.football Updated: May 25, 2017 23:42 IST
Wayne Rooney has been left out of England’s 25-man squad to face Scotland and France next month.
The England captain was overlooked for Gareth Southgate’s last squad in March and he was once again dropped for the World Cup qualifier in Glasgow on June 10 and away friendly against France on June 13.
Wayne Rooney’s last international appearance came in the home qualifier against Scotland last November and his latest omission will cast further doubt over whether he has an international future, one year away from the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The forward struggled to establish himself in Jose Mourinho’s plans for Manchester United this season, starting only 15 Premier League games and scoring five goals. He made a brief cameo as a late substitute when his club won the Europa League against Ajax on Wednesday.
Rooney has 119 caps – six short of Peter Shilton’s record – and is already the country’s all-time top scorer with 53 international goals.
England are top of Group F with 13 points from their first five matches.
Southgate named a 25-man squad which includes Tottenham Hotspur right back Kieran Trippier for the first time.
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, who scored on his return to the international scene against Lithuania in March, retains his place in Southgate’s plans.
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Strikers: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).
First Published: May 25, 2017 17:01 IST