Manchester United fans have reacted to news of Gareth Southgate’s decision to drop Wayne Rooney for England’s World Cup qualifier with Slovenia on Tuesday night.
The 30-year-old, omitted from Jose Mourinho‘s last three starting XIs with Man United, was handed an opportunity to impress in midfield against Malta.
However, in light of what was an abject performance, which led to some sections of the Wembley crowd to boo the Englishman, Southgate has decided to consign Rooney to the bench for the game against Slovenia.
Supporters were quick to agree with Southgate’s decision, whilst also expressing their support for the 30-year-old.
Rooney's performances always seems to respond well to being dropped…the response this time will determine the fate of his career
— Ben (@benguest7) October 11, 2016
I respect Southgate actually having the balls to drop Rooney. Hardly good enough to lead the side anymore but he's hiding behind his name
— Cal (@callypeeyo) October 11, 2016
Totally agree with the decision to drop Rooney and massive respect for the way he is handling it and fronting up to the media #ENG
— Steve Luckings (@stevoluckssport) October 11, 2016
In the space of a few weeks, Rooney has been finally subjected to the inevitable omission that his recent level of performance has warranted. The oldest, most ubiquitous rule of the beautiful game states that if you’re not good enough, you won’t get picked. And after several years of unjustifiable inclusion, this rule has finally caught up with Rooney.
This is a grim reality that many United fans have been long accustomed to, but it isn’t something that should necessarily upset Rooney. After 14 years of playing no fewer than 42 games a season, the Englishman’s legs have called time on what has been an excellent career.
There is no shame in growing old, and Rooney ought to embrace this new chapter of reduced involvement (just like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes both did), as opposed to scoffing at it.