Nathaniel Clyne out of England's World Cup qualifier with Scotland
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 8:33
Rooney is England's record goalscorer but has been left out of the last two global squads and asked whether or not this is the end of the line for the 31-year-old, Southgate's message was simple.
"I think there's only so many times you can speak about the situation".
He added that he wants his players to be playing big games.
"I said last time [in March] that he was a bit short of matches, he has had some matches now but we have got players that have done really, really well for us in Adam Lallana and Dele Alli".
"He is someone we have been following but we will be without Nathaniel Clyne as he has been carrying an injury. I guess it's just a case of building up trust". "We've been very clear". We have got competition for places.
It appears that Rooney will have to leave Manchester United this summer if he is to play regularly next season, although it remains to be seen where he will end up.
"I'm not going to achieve that". If I am trying to keep Jose happy, then that's going to be fairly hard.
"[Rashford's] relationship with England is key".
England face Scotland at Hampden Park in a Group F qualifier on 10 June before travelling to France for a friendly on 13 June.
However, that does not mean the Three Lions boss will consider England's record goalscorer for a future call-up.
Rooney had stated his intention to stay on as captain until next summer's World Cup finals in Russian Federation but Southgate hinted the armband will now be shared around as he looks to tackle the issue of leadership in England matches. "He's one of those fantastic players to have in your squad".
"It's good life experience for them, opens them to different culture, different tactical ways of playing, different styles of coaching".
"Not enough of our players have done it, really".
"I'm conscious from his point of view that it's always a big story when you don't select him".
'I didn't speak to him (Mourinho) about it.