Wayne Rooney axed: Gareth Southgate confirms Man United skipper will NOT start
But Rooney will continue as England's captain with Jordan Henderson taking the armband tomorrow night in his absence.
Interim England manager Southgate claims the decision is based on the way Slovenia play rather than because of Rooney's performances.
"It's very straight forward," Southgate said.
"We've looked at the way Slovenia play, which we did midway last week. And we profiled the kind of midfield we wanted to play.
"It is in no reflection to Rooney's performance at the weekend, in fact we were happy with the way he played.
"It was not an easy decision to make... read more
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