Wayne Rooney took part in England's training session on Monday morning but he has lost his place in the starting line-up for the clash with Slovenia. Gareth Southgate has made the first big decision of his short managerial reign – dropping his captain for tomorrow's clash in Ljubljana as they look to build on their 100% record in Group F.
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JACK GAUGHAN: Edgeley Park on Saturday afternoon. Almost four thousand are on the gate with Salford City in town. Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, too. But for one Stockport County supporter, his focus is on a technical area 10 yards to the right. More bothered about goading a manager on his haunches than Stockport turning this feisty National League North clash on its head, spluttering spleen and jabbing a finger towards Anthony Johnson, one half of Salford's absorbing management duo.
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Gareth Bale has long cemented his place as the jewel in the crown of Welsh football but an incident during his country's draw against Georgia on Sunday has got fans talking about him for a different reason. He was forced to re-tie his top-knot during the first half of the World Cup qualifier at the Cardiff City stadium and in the process gave a glimpse of just how long his locks has become. The 27-year-old was met with wolf-whistles from the crowd as he had to wait for a break in play before he could re-arrange his hair.
Wales held at home by Georgia despite Bale's brilliant headed opener as Coleman's side lose ground in race to top Group D
LAURIE WHITWELL AT THE CARDIFF CITY STADIUM: For the second time in four days Welsh hands let slip a lead and while the draw in Austria brought a sense of buoyancy the single point collected in Cardiff against Georgia is likely to leave Chris Coleman with a sinking feeling. Before this game the Wales manager likened his career to riding a pushbike uphill rather than sipping champagne in a limousine and though his side started with fizz the wheels came off to change the complexion of their campaign to reach the 2018 World Cup.
Wales lined up for another wretched team photo ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Georgia on Sunday night, but after the visitors snatched a deserved point in Cardiff, one wonders if the in-joke has grown old. Injuries to two key players Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen left the Welsh team depleted heading into the crucial encounter - and the way the side stationed themselves for the cameras forewarned expectant fans of the dishevelled performance that ensued.
'Stop being Charlie Big B******* and show some respect!': Neymar blasted by Bolivia defender who left him bleeding with elbow to the face as Barcelona star is warned to cut out the showboating
Bolivia defender Yasmani Duk is refusing to apologise after elbowing Neymar and demands that the Barcelona forward stops his 'Charlie Big B******* behaviour'. Duk has been in the headlines after catching Neymar full in the face during his country's World Cup Qualifier against Brazil on Thursday - a blow which caused a gash on his eyebrow to bleed heavily. Many sections of the media accused the 28-year-old of being over-aggressive but the player has justified his actions as part and parcel of the game, and even found time to take a swipe at the Barcelona man.
Is Gareth Southgate right to drop Wayne Rooney for Slovenia clash? Sportsmail's reporters give their verdict on the England captain
Wayne Rooney will not start for England against Slovenia after manager Gareth Southgate took the decision to drop his captain. Having been booed by sections of the support during England's 2-0 win over Malta at Wembley following a number of below-par performances, Rooney must now settle for a place on the bench as the Three Lions look to maintain their 100 per cent record in World Cup qualifying Group F. After much debate over the England captain's place in the starting XI, we asked our reporters should Rooney be starting against Slovenia or is Southgate right to bench him?