Hen­der­son re­places Rooney as England cap­tain

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MID­FIELDER Jor­dan Hen­der­son will cap­tain England against Spain to­day, with for­ward Wayne Rooney not start­ing the friendly at Wem­b­ley.

Rooney, skip­per for Fri­day’s World Cup qual­i­fy­ing win over Scot­land, missed train­ing on Mon­day with a mi­nor in­jury.

“I wouldn’t start Wayne in this game, so we’ll de­cide which route to go,” said interim boss Gareth South­gate.

Hen­der­son, 26, cap­tained England in their 0-0 draw in Slove­nia last month when Rooney was dropped to the bench.

“The key for me is I be­lieve we have sev­eral lead­ers,” added South­gate. “I don’t think we can have just one cap­tain.

“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.”

Tot­ten­ham striker Harry Kane will not fea­ture against Spain, hav­ing been re­leased from the squad over the weekend as he re­cov­ers from in­jury.

The 23-year-old dam­aged an an­kle against Sun­der­land on 18 Septem­ber and only re­turned for 73 min­utes of ac­tion against Arse­nal on 6 Novem­ber be­fore join­ing up with the England squad.

He was an un­used sub­sti­tute for the 3-0 win over Scot­land at Wem­b­ley.

Southamp­ton left-back Ryan Ber­trand also missed train­ing on Mon­day and, with only 19 England out­field play­ers avail­able, 17-year-old Spurs mid­fielder Dy­lan Dun­can made up the num­bers.

“There’s any dif­fer­ent num­ber of ways we can ap­proach the game,” said South­gate. “For me, it’s an op­por­tu­nity to build on the way we are play­ing. It’s a great chal­lenge in terms of a dif­fer­ent style of game. It’s a game we have to get tac­ti­cally right, the way we press a dif­fer­ent style of game.

“We want to build on last few per­for­mances, which I think have im­proved the de­tail of how we want to play.

“I don’t want to make loads of changes. If we don’t keep some con­sis­tency then we are not build­ing and are start­ing again al­most.”— BBC.

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