Rooney heads for Eng­land exit

Daily Mail - - International Football - By JACK GAUGHAN

WAYNE ROONEY took an­other step to­wards the Eng­land exit yes­ter­day by miss­ing man­ager Gareth South­gate’s pre­sen­ta­tion to the squad. The Manch­ester United striker — re­cov­er­ing from a knee in­jury — did not at­tend South­gate’s first Eng­land brief­ing as per­ma­nent man­ager at St George’s Park. The FA and United in­sisted Rooney re­quired re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion back in the North West but his ab­sence felt sig­nif­i­cant so soon af­ter he was told he is no longer the full-time cap­tain. All Eng­land stars picked in re­cent squads were in­vited to lis­ten to their new boss’s

plans for his four-year ten­ure. Of those not in con­tention to face Ger­many and Lithua­nia, only Stoke goal­keeper Jack But­land turned up. Eng­land’s play­ers seemed en­thused by the pre­sen­ta­tion and James Ward-Prowse re­vealed South­gate’s am­bi­tious goal is to con­quer world foot­ball. ‘It was a very pow­er­ful mes­sage,’ the Southamp­ton mid­fielder said. ‘It is also one the Un­der 21s re­ceived (from him). He high­lighted the highs and lows of a ca­reer and the am­bi­tions that he sees for us. We want to es­tab­lish our­selves as a top team in the world. He is a very proud and pas­sion­ate English­man who wants us to do well. I couldn’t think of any­one bet­ter for the role.’ Ger­many No 1 Manuel Neuer has pulled out of tomorrow’s friendly against Eng­land in Dort­mund be­cause of a calf in­jury. Un­capped Paris Saint-Ger­main goal­keeper Kevin Trapp has been called up to re­place him in the squad.

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End game: Rooney skipped South­gate’s brief­ing

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