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Rooney won’t start Spain game, Henderson to captain England

Wayne Rooney holds the goalscoring record for both club and country – 253 and 53 respectively

England captain Wayne Rooney will not start the friendly against Spain after missing training on Monday, manager Gareth Southgate said.

Rooney sat out the session due to minor issues and Southgate confirmed that Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will lead the team against the 2010 world champions at Wembley on Tuesday.

“I wouldn’t start Wayne in this game anyway. Jordan Henderson will be captain,” Southgate told a news conference.

“The key for me is I believe we have several leaders and I don’t think we can have just one captain,” he added.

“Too much responsibility has been on Wayne, we need to share that. Once you have a team of those leaders you can have a lot of success.”

Southampton left back Ryan Bertrand also missed training on Monday and with only 19 outfield players available, 17-year-old Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dylan Duncan was invited to join in.

England defeated bitter rivals Scotland 3-0 in a World Cup Group F qualifier on Friday while Spain crushed Macedonia 4-0 in Group G on Saturday.

Tuesday’s game will be the last of Southgate’s four-match audition as England interim manager.

The former Under-21 coach landed the role on a temporary basis after Sam Allardyce was sacked in September for behaving “inappropriately” when seeking a lucrative sideline role while talking to undercover reporters.

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