Rooney benched, England leads WC qualifier group11th Oct 2016 |
Rooney still not winning any popularity contests
Wayne Rooney has had an amazing amount of goals for England over the years, but can’t seem to get up again after the latest bout of negativity from both fans and managers alike. His own club, Manchester United, has dropped him from first position for a while, and now he’s been dropped by Gareth Southgate for the game against Slovenia. During the last WC qualifier against Malta he had to endure a less than favourable reception from the crowds, despite the team achieving a great 2-0 end result. Rooney’s critics have complained about a lack of participation by the now-demoted team captain. But things might be looking up as his fans speak up against what they consider unfair treatment of the former star.England looking good in WC qualifiers
With a two-point lead over Scotland, it would take some major mistakes for England to lose the lead in the qualifier group F. But with Wayne Rooney benched for the upcoming match against Slovenia, everyone is slightly nervous about the big change. His popularity might not be what it used to, but he’s become such a mainstay on the team that the decision to bench him is causing a stir, although Rooney will maintain his captaincy for the time being. After the win against Malta, Southgate had nothing but praise for Rooney – and then he was benched. However, with Dele Alli, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson keeping a good pace in recent games, we are set for a match that will definitely lean in our favour – if we can just keep superstitious worries about the change on hold.
Scotland faces Slovakia
Wednesday’s matches also include our northern neighbours in a match against the Slovaks. There are definitely high hopes for some extra points in this round. Statistically, England faces a more difficult matchup than the Scots, so it’s not lunacy to hope for a climb on the table of group F. Team captain Darren Fletcher had a small scare with an injury to his thigh in the last 1-0 defeat against Slovenia, but it’s starting to look like he might be fit enough to lead the team in the match after all.