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England captain Rooney dropped for Slovenia qualifier

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 01:02

England captain Rooney says he understands and respects manager's decision to keep him on the bench for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia

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SHOWS: LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA (OCTOBER 10, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND PLAYER, WAYNE ROONEY, SAYING: "I understand and respect the manager's decision and I'll support the players 100 percent and help the players to get the three points tomorrow. I''ll be ready of course to come off the bench if needed. You know, hopefully, we can get three points again. I show great pride in playing for my country, whether that's from the start, whether that's from the bench, with a squad of players I'm pleased to be involved with." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND PLAYER, WAYNE ROONEY, SAYING: "I think, of course, you want to be on the pitch, that goes without saying. But my role as captain won't change on the pitch or around the hotel with the players, that stays the same. Yeah, I'll be supporting the players 100 percent, which I've done over the last couple of days and I hope that we can get to win." STORY: England captain Wayne Rooney said he respected manager's decision to keep him on the substitute bench for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on Tuesday (October 11) in Ljubljana. The 30-year-old England captain, and the team's all-time goalscorer, was dropped to the bench by interim manager Gareth Southgate following a mediocre performance in England's 2-0 win against Malta on Saturday at Wembley. Although he joined the rest of team in training on the pitch on Monday evening, Rooney later told a news conference he respected Southgate's decision. "I understand and respect the manager's decision and I'll support the players 100 percent and help the players to get the three points tomorrow. I''ll be ready of course to come off the bench if needed. You know, hopefully, we can get three points again. I show great pride in playing for my country, whether that's from the start, whether that's from the bench, with a squad of players I'm pleased to be involved with," Rooney told reporters. Rooney was booed by some sections of England supporters on Saturday, and many commentators speculate that his career is in a downward trajectory. "I think, of course, you want to be on the pitch, that goes without saying. But my role as captain won't change on the pitch or around the hotel with the players, that stays the same. Yeah, I'll be supporting the players 100 percent, which I've done over the last couple of days and I hope that we can get to win," Rooney added. England will look to extend their perfect start in the 2018 World Cup qualifying, after beating Slovakia away and Malta at home, while Slovenia will try to continue their good form after snatching a 1-0 win against Slovakia in Ljubljana on Saturday. In other Group F qualifying matches played on Tuesday, Lithuania will host Malta while Scotland will travel to Slovakia.

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England captain Rooney dropped for Slovenia qualifier

Monday, October 10, 2016 - 01:02