Wayne Rooney has been seen leaving Manchester United’s Carrington training ground complex after being forced out of England’s squad for tonight’s international friendly with Spain due to injury.
The England captain was snapped back in Manchester on Tuesday as he drove away from his club’s training ground in a grey Audi.
And the 31-year-old looked stone-faced as he concentrated on the road while his team-mates prepare to test themselves against one of the world’s best sides.
It is not yet known if the knee injury that ruled him out of tonight’s game means a spell on the sidelines for the Manchester United star, but interim manager Gareth Southgate said that it was a “minor issue”.
The FA confirmed yesterday that Rooney is due to miss out tonight’s game after picking up the injury.
With the Three Lions skipper missing out, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is set to once again deputise for the striker.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of the game, Southgate said: “Jordan Henderson will be captain. But I believe we’ve got several leaders, one sitting next to me (Joe Hart) who has shown a great maturity since I’ve been in the role, and I don’t think we can have just one captain.
“At times too much of that responsibility has laid with Wayne and we need to share that.
“There are leaders already and other potential leaders who I think can step forward. And once you have a team full of those players then we’ll have a lot of success.”