Wayne Rooney has returned to Manchester United after receiving permission to leave the England squad after picking up a knee injury and will miss the friendly against Spain at Wembley on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old Englishman has returned to Manchester United after sitting out training on Monday, alongside Ryan Bertrand, as a precaution.
The injury to Rooney, portrayed as “minor” by the Football Association, will be surveyed by his club in front of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Arsenal. Whereas, another probable injured, Southampton left-back Bertrand will stay with the squad.
England’s interim boss Gareth Southgate has acknowledged the situation and mentioned Liverpool Skipper Jordan Henderson will Captain the England team in place of Rooney.
“They weren’t ready to train today so they must be a doubt, but we’ll have to look later,” Southgate said.
“I wouldn’t start Wayne in this game anyway, so we’ll decide which route to go.”
Rooney played the full 90 minutes as England recently thumped Scotland in their Group F World Cup qualifying tie in 3-0 win over them.
But the United man, England’s all-time record goalscorer, could not get himself on the score sheet but produced a decent display and assisted the goal of Cahill to ensure a comprehensive victory.
Southgate will make minimal changes to his team as he goes in search of the big-name scalp of Spain in what is the final match of his four games in interim charge of his country. He could give a start to Burnley’s Michael Keane and West ham’s Aaron Creswell as well as teenager Marcos Rashford who he has drafted into his squad.
On the other hand, Jose Mourinho will be a big worried man if the United captain could not make it to the squad for the Arsenal clash due to injury. Manchester United already will be without their Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is facing one-match ban due to receive four yellow cards. And Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, will surely miss the tie due to long term injury. Whereas both Antonio Valencia and Fellaini are doubtful for the tie.