>> I understand and respect the manager's decision.>> Wayne Rooney benched for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia. England manager Gareth Southgate dropping the Manchester United striker. Instead the skipper's armband will go to Liverpool's Jordan Henderson with Eric Dier replacing Rooney in midfield for the game in Ljubljana.
>> I'll be ready of course to come on from the bench if needed and hopefully we can get three points.>> Rooney is England's most capped outfield player with 117 appearances but his recent indifferent form has attracted criticism. He scored just once in 12 games this season and only once in the last 7 internationals.
The 30-year-old was jeered by some in the 82,000-strong Wembley crowd towards the end of England's 2-0 win over Malta on Saturday. That reaction triggering a lively debate among England supporters about his future role.>> I want to see an England team that are braving possession of the ball.
>> Southgate, who took over after the departure of Sam Allardyce last month has defended the player. He says the decision to substitute Rooney is tactical and has nothing to do with his performance against Malta.