'World class' Wayne Rooney on the bench gives Slovenia confidence to go for the win, says midfielder Rene Krhin


The decision to drop Wayne Rooney to the bench has encouraged Slovenia they can gain a positive result tonight though they insist England are still a force without their captain.

‘Wayne Rooney is world class, when a player like that does not start against you then, sure, it lifts your team,’ says key midfielder Rene Krhin. 

‘He may not be in his best form but all our players know what he represents for England, what he is and has been for his country and what he is capable of.’

Wayne Rooney has been dropped by Gareth Southgate after a series of poor performances

Wayne Rooney has been dropped by Gareth Southgate after a series of poor performances

Krhin is a high-energy holding player who would have had the job of containing Rooney and Jordan Henderson. He scored in Slovenia’s 2-2 draw with Lithuania and was outstanding in their 1-0 win over Slovakia last weekend where he dominated Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik.

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