Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. Rui Vieira

England boss leaves Wayne Rooney out of squad

WAYNE Rooney has been left out of Gareth Southgate's latest England squad, but Kieran Trippier has been included.

England's record goalscorer misses out, as expected, on a 25-man group for next month's World Cup qualifier in Scotland and a friendly against France three days later.

Southgate did not select Rooney in his last squad and warned at the time the captain would find it hard to regain his spot unless he was playing "regularly in the biggest possible matches".

Although Jose Mourinho has used Rooney more frequently at Manchester United since injury ended Zlatan Ibrahimovic's season, the 31-year-old was left on the bench until the last minute of Wednesday's Europa League final.

Tottenham right-back Trippier is the one new face in the squad. Uncapped Ben Gibson retains his place after his late call-up for March's win over Lithuania, and West Ham's Aaron Cresswell is also included.

Jermain Defoe, a scorer against Lithuania on his return to the side, keeps his place as one of four strikers. Goalkeeper Jack Butland is back after injury.

Squad: Butland, Forster, Hart, Heaton, Bertrand, Cahill, Clyne, Cresswell, Gibson, Jones, Smalling, Stones, Trippier, Walker, Alli, Dier, Lallana, Lingard, Livermore, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sterling, Defoe, Kane, Rashford, Vardy.

News Corp Australia


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