In­jured Rooney out of Eng­land’s Spain test

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Skip­per Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of Eng­land’s year-end­ing friendly against Spain at Wem­b­ley yes­ter­day be­cause of a knee prob­lem, the English Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion con­firmed.

“The striker sat out this morn­ing’s ses­sion at Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s train­ing ground as a pre­cau­tion due to a mi­nor knee in­jury,” the FA said.

“Rooney has been al­lowed to re­turn to his club for fur­ther assess­ment.”

Eng­land’s in­terim man­ager Gareth South­gate had ear­lier said that Rooney would be rested from the start­ing lineup in any case, with Liver­pool’s Jor­dan Hen­der­son fill­ing in as cap­tain.

Rooney re­turned to Eng­land’s start­ing XI for Fri­day’s 3-0 win over Scot­land in World Cup qual­i­fy­ing, hav­ing started the pre­vi­ous game-a 0-0 draw away to Slove­nia-on the bench.

Left-back Ryan Ber­trand, who also missed train­ing on Mon­day, re­mains in con­tention to fea­ture in the game at Wem­b­ley.

Harry Kane had al­ready been ruled out of Tues­day’s match, the Tot­ten­ham striker hav­ing re­turned to his club as he con­tin­ues his re­cov­ery from an an­kle lig­a­ment prob­lem.

The game against Spain is the fourth and fi­nal match of South­gate’s ten­ure as in­terim man­ager, but he is ex­pected to be of­fered the role full-time. — AFP

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