Published: Tue, October 11, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Brooking urges FA to stick with Southgate

Brooking urges FA to stick with Southgate

Both goals were created by Jordan Henderson, the Liverpool skipper crossing for club-mate Sturridge to head in the opener and then laying the foundations for Alli's strike with a run to the edge of the box.

"It's very straight forward", Southgate told reporters in the Slovenian capital on Monday as he explained why Rooney - sitting next to him at a press conference - had been left out.

"I think we then played them in mid-June and Jack (Wilshere) had an awesome game and scored two fantastic goals".

FC's Steve Nicol suggests England interim manager Gareth Southgate played Wayne Rooney out of position against Malta.

"I have to pick a team to get a result today".

Southgate pointed out that a number of England stalwarts had in recent times taken stick from the country's frustrated fans. He admitted it hurt to be dropped but said he would fight for his England place.

"Given the situation I picked up about 12 days ago, we've internally come a hell of a long way to get everything together", said Southgate, who came in after Allardyce was brought down by a newspaper sting. I understand and respect the manager's decision.

It continues a trend of hard days for the captain, who was poor in the Euro 2016 defeat by Iceland and again in Sam Allardyce's solitary match in charge in Slovakia last month.

"What's stood out for me is that he's captained a club [Liverpool] where he's had to take over from one of the biggest players in English football [Steven Gerrard]".

"Everything I have seen this week has only improved the feeling of how impressive he has been as a leader of this group".

As for being jeered by England fans at Wembley, Rooney added: "To be honest I wasn't aware of it". "I thought Wayne was brilliant".

"I think people are entitled to their opinions but I have said many times the ones I listen to are coaches, team-mates and those close to's not something I'm too fussed about".

FC's Craig Burley says Wayne Rooney's current form and style of play slow down the youngsters in the England squad. "He has great leadership qualities and he deserves his chance".

Rooney has been a substitute in Manchester United's last three games and has also been deployed in a deeper role for England, who have a 100 percent record in qualifying Group F.

"I'm probably more annoyed about that than he is".

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