Wayne Rooney will not lead the England team out onto the pitch against Spain tomorrow night as he has been dropped from the line-up due to injury.
The Manchester United captain did not take part in training on Monday morning due to a “minor issue”, according to interim manager Gareth Southgate, who addressed the media this afternoon.
As a result, the 31-year-old will not start the international friendly at Wembley on Tuesday night, which means that Jordan Henderson will take the captain’s armband.
Rooney has had a difficult season so far given that he has struggled to hold down a place in Jose Mourinho’s United team, settling for a spot on the bench on numerous occasions.
There seemed to be some optimism for the forward in the last fortnight as he scored in United’s 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce and started the Red Devils’ 3-1 victory over Swansea City on November 6.
Due to his upturn in form, Rooney played the full 90 minutes in England’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Scotland, but he will not start in Tuesday’s friendly.
There is a suggestion that the former Everton player may not have started the fixture anyway as it is a non-competitive game, but an injury could hamper Rooney’s chances of playing in United’s showdown against Arsenal on Saturday.
Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand also missed today’s training session with England.