England squad: Wayne Rooney axed for Scotland qualifier by Gareth Southgate
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 19:15
Rooney has 119 caps - six short of Peter Shilton's record - and is already the country's all-time top scorer with 53 worldwide goals.
Manchester's Wayne Rooney is welcomed by Antonio Valencia as he enters the pitch during the soccer Europa League final between Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester United at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
Rooney has enjoyed more regular starts for the Red Devils in recent weeks but the England boss is clear that there are now better options to choose from in both the number 10 and centre-forward berths.
England manager Gareth Southgate won't write off former captain Wayne Rooney.
As if signalling a changing of the guard, Rooney's club-mate Marcus Rashford is likely to be included in the senior ranks rather than dropping back into Aidy Boothroyd's under-21s for the summer's European Championship in Poland.
The Three Lions' record goalscorer made only 25 Premier League appearances for Manchester United this season - with just 15 of those as a starter.
"We're really looking forward to seeing everybody again and things will start to crank up a notch", boss Aidy Boothroyd told thefa.com.
Elsewhere in the squad, there is a recall for goalkeeper Jack Butland, back after a year of injury trauma dating back to his previous England appearance in Germany, a first call-up for Tottenham's Kieran Trippier and nods for Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson and West Ham's Aaron Cresswell.
"We're in a place in the group where a win can really put us in a very strong position, and that's what we want to achieve".