Wayne Rooney showed dignity in his darkest hour after being axed by England for the first time


When Glenn Hoddle broke the news to Paul Gascoigne that he was not going to the 1998 World Cup, the midfielder kicked a chair, punched a lamp and gave the then England manager the distinct impression that he was about to belt him, too.

Gareth Southgate was a member of that squad in La Manga 18 years ago but it’s fair to say the encounter he had on Sunday with the finest England player since Gazza was rather less dramatic.

Southgate said Wayne Rooney responded to being dropped for a competitive game for the first time in 13 years of international football with great professionalism, and the performance he gave here underlined that.

England's Wayne Rooney looks on as Gareth Southgate explains why he's been dropped

England’s Wayne Rooney looks on as Gareth Southgate explains why he’s been dropped

Rooney showed great courage in choosing to address the media during his darkest moment

Rooney showed great courage in choosing to address the media during his darkest moment

The interim manager explained that Rooney had been dropped for 'tactical reasons'

The interim manager explained that Rooney had been…



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