Three Lions skipper Wayne Rooney is set to meet with the interim manager of England Gareth Southgate on Friday over his future with the country.
The Red Devils star has been struggling with form this season, and has not fared well to the heavy scrutiny and criticisms. After the performance at the Euro 2016, many questioned his place in the international set-up.
After Sam Allardyce got the England job, he declared his support for the player. However, it seems Southgate has different ideas. Daily Star reported that the 30-year old will discuss the plans Southgate has for England’s record goal scorer. Southgate was appointed interim manager following the termination of Allardyce’s deal after a Telegraph investigation. Southgate will oversee the next four matches in the World Cup qualifiers, pending a permanent appointment.
The report also mentioned that Rooney would want to clarify his position as the captain of England and his position in the set-up. At the club level, Coach Jose Mourinho plays Rooney as a No. 10, refusing to play him in the midfield where he played under Louis van Gaal. Under Allardyce, Rooney played in similar role. Rooney would require assurances, particularly after he was benched in the game against Leicester City in the Premier League, and reports saying he would see more of the bench in the next few league games.
The squad announcement for the next international break is due on Sunday. Southgate will take the reins for the games, so a discussion between the pair was imminent as Rooney might not get a call-up due to his recent form for his club. After the Europa League, and Stoke City games, the interim boss should be able to decide if he needs Rooney in the team in the face of several options, and high target.