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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Rooney to miss England's Spanish inquisition

Wayne Rooney. Pic: PA
Wayne Rooney. Pic: PA

England captain Wayne Rooney will not start the friendly against Spain after missing training yesterday, manager Gareth Southgate said.

Rooney sat out the session due to minor issues and Southgate confirmed that Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will lead the team against the 2010 world champions at Wembley tonight.

"I wouldn't start Wayne in this game anyway. Jordan Henderson will be captain," Southgate told a news conference.

"The key for me is I believe we have several leaders and I don't think we can have just one captain," he added.

"Too much responsibility has been on Wayne, we need to share that. Once you have a team of those leaders you can have a lot of success."

Southampton left back Ryan Bertrand also missed training yesterday and with only 19 outfield players available, 17-year-old Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dylan Duncan was invited to join in.

England defeated bitter rivals Scotland 3-0 in a World Cup Group F qualifier on Friday while Spain crushed Macedonia 4-0 in Group G on Saturday. Tonight's game will be the last of Southgate's four-match audition as England interim manager.

The former Under-21 coach landed the role on a temporary basis after Sam Allardyce was sacked in September for behaving "inappropriately" when seeking a lucrative sideline role while talking to undercover reporters.

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