England interim manager Gareth Southgate has done what his predecessors Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce failed to do.
Southgate has dropped his skipper Wayne Rooney from his starting eleven for the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.
In a press conference before the game, Southgate confirmed: “It’s very straight forward. 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 but we felt it was the right one.”
Rooney has been struggling for form at both club and national level for quite some time now. Most of the England fans believe that the Three Lions could do better without Rooney in the mix. However, both Hodgson and Allardyce could never muster the courage to drop the team captain from their starting eleven.
That’s the reason why Southgate is getting all the plaudits from the fans on Twitter.
— Jack The Biscuit (@JtheB_DKP) October 10, 2016
Southgate has dropped Rooney? Fair play, puts to bed the question about Southgate having the guts to drop big names
— Matt Loved GWT (@unitedmixer89) October 10, 2016
Gareth Southgate has shown he's big enough for the biggest decision of all. His chances of getting the job surely enhanced.
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) October 10, 2016
Bravest decision in ten years of England management made by Gareth Southgate somehow????? https://t.co/kSe6ragCFk
— C (@c_d_14) October 10, 2016
Gareth Southgate after dropping England captain Wayne Rooney… pic.twitter.com/wtyucatgqN
— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) October 10, 2016
You can't criticise Gareth Southgate so far as England manager. He's had the guts and balls to drop Rooney for tomorrow's game. Right call.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) October 10, 2016
Never thought Gareth Southgate would be the 1st England manager to have the guts to put Rooney on the bench.
— Joey Bulwell (@trentenders) October 10, 2016
If he gies through with it Southgate should get the job for dropping Rooney, alone. The camel's back is finally breaking. Daylight returns.
— Samwise. (@GimmeMour) October 10, 2016