Southgate inherited Rooney as captain but quickly made it clear he would not be a first choice pick. Having eased him out of the skipper’s role, then the team, it became clear the country’s record scorer would not make it to Russia and he retired from playing international football.
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Gareth Southgate has overseen a radical shift in the make-up of the England team, abandoning a host of experienced campaigners in favour of younger faces.
This became particularly apparent when the Three Lions’ 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup was announced on Wednesday.
Liverpool’s 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold is the headline inclusion among the youth and he will line up in Russia alongside the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marcus Rashford.
Click the right arrow on the image above to scroll through seven more-senior players who have been axed from the England squad during Gareth Southgate’s reign.