England manager Gareth Southgate has put a massive dent in Wayne Rooney‘s international prospects after leaving him out of his latest national side.
The 31-year-old, in spite of making six Premier League starts over the last month, has been a peripheral figure at Old Trafford this season, consigned primarily to the occasional cameo off the bench.
Jose Mourinho, speaking soon after his side’s 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final, made it clear that the captain, amid rumours of a potential exit, still has a future at Old Trafford.
But Rooney’s future with the national side looks to be nearing its end after being once again omitted from Southgate’s set-up for clashes with Scotland and France over the summer.
25 players have been called up for the #ThreeLions' games against Scotland and France next month.
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Rooney can hardly have any complaints here. His England future first came under question following omission from the side that took on Slovenia back in October 2016 and, ever since, has looked like much more of a token squad player – a motivational voice in the dressing room – more than anything else.
Southgate has made it clear that his managerial style will revolve around building a team for the future, and Rooney, try as he might, simply cannot fit into such a vision.