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Southgate Backs ‘Influential’ Rooney

England caretaker boss Gareth Southgate says captain, Wayne Rooney is still hugely influential, despite the forward’s poor form for club and country.

Rooney missed United’s 4-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday through injury, but he had not started the three Premier League matches before that.

The 31-year-old was also left out of the starting line-up by Southgate for England’s World Cup qualifying draw in Slovenia.

The England manager however says Rooney remains a hugely influential and popular figure among the players, while praising the attitude and leadership qualities of the Manchester United man.


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