ENGLAND MANAGER FABIO Capello has indicated no one is untouchable in his side – not even Wayne Rooney.
Rooney’s lack of discipline cost Capello’s side last Friday, as his sending-off prompted their opponents, Montenegro, to stage a late fightback and gain a draw.
“Sometimes he will come on at half-time. But not from the start; he will not start. We need to prepare the first XI who will start in the Euros.”
Ominously for Rooney, he then added: “In my life as a manager I have put on the bench a lot of players.”
He confirmed that Rooney would play no part in the next two or three games, as he experiments with the likes of Jermain Defoe and Daniel Sturridge ahead of Euro 2012 next summer.
The emergence of players such as Sturridge and Danny Welbeck, in addition to Rooney’s relatively poor international form – he has scored only three goals in his last 18 appearances – have led many to question whether he deserves to be an automatic starter.
Capello’s decision to start Rooney on Friday was also queried, in light of the emergence of allegations surrounding his father, with critics suggesting he was not in a fit mental state to play.
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