Wayne Rooney dropped from England starting XI against Slovenia

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. 

Salford City are owned by Manchester United legends and hated by most in non-League

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.

All Manchester City academy stars must wear black boots as they rise through the ranks. Club chiefs want players to remain grounded as they are learning their trade.

The Barcelona centre back has enjoyed a distinguished career with the national side having been part of Vicente del Bosque's side that won the World Cup and European Championship double.

Former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti believes his calm and collected approach has served him well throughout his career and agreed with Cristiano Ronaldo's comparison

Manchester City face an anxious wait to find out whether Sergio Aguero will be fit for their Premier League return after he was forced off during Argentina training. Aguero limped out with pain in his calf.

Holland host France in Amsterdam with two of Europe's most illustrious footballing nations aiming for the early initiative in World Cup qualifying. Sportsmail tells you all you need to know.

York City's state of disarray continues after Jackie McNamara was sacked as manager, but asked to continue in charge of the Vanarama National League club until they find a replacement.

The 100 best players in the world... Sportsmail counts down the greatest footballers on

ADAM SHERGOLD: It is the conversation that dominates pubs, internet forums and the office space. Who is the greatest footballer on the planet? This week Sportsmail will be counting down the top 100 players in world football. From Nos 100-81 the Premier League is well represented, while there is space for an English teenager who only made his professional debut earlier this year...

Raheem Sterling spends some quality time with his girlfriend as he recovers from calf

Raheem Sterling has been making the most of his time on the sidelines after his stunning start to the season came to an abrupt halt.

The latest round of international action threw up some intriguing battles as teams across the globe continued their search for a place at the 2018 World Cup. Here are 10 things we learned.

Neal Ardley's side claimed their first-ever victory over Oxford - winning 3-1 - on Sunday to move up to 10th in Sky Bet League One, one point above the Dons who lost 1-0 at home to Port Vale.

Like most players coming to the end of their days as a footballer Frank Lampard already has his eyes on the next phase of his career as a manager.The midfielder joked it would be Chelsea.

Gareth Southgate's England backroom staff: The medical lecturer, shipyard worker and back

These are the men Gareth Southgate is relying on to help him make an instant impact as England manager. Southgate's reign began with victory over Malta on Saturday and the caretaker boss - drafted in to fill the gap following the departure of Sam Allardyce - was surrounded by his trusted advisers on the Wembley bench. Among them are a former lead doctor at British Athletics, a physiotherapist with experience of working in South Korea, an ex director of the Crewe academy and a shipyard worker from Dumbarton who used to drive the team bus. Here, Sportsmail breaks down Southgate's crew, what they do and where their careers have taken them...

Gareth Bale shows off his lengthy locks as Wales draw against Georgia in World Cup

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. 

SAMI MOKBEL: Arsenal left back Kieran Gibbs has cut short a mid-season break in Dubai to help ease England's defensive crisis. He has received a late call-up for Tuesday's clash with Slovenia.

SAM CUNNINGHAM: England are in dire need of their own X-factor, although if anyone is showing signs of providing it then it is Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge believes he has added another string to his striker's bow by perfecting the art of the header. The forward scored a precision header in England's 2-0 win over Malta.

If Daniel Sturridge is going to continue leading the line for England, he needs to be more selfish. He played far too deep against Malta and kept getting involved in the link-up play.

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been called into the England squad for the first time after Tom Heaton withdrew due to injury.

Wales 1-1 Georgia: Gareth Bale header not enough as Chris Coleman's side held to a draw

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.

Nigeria has provided a hotbed of Premier League talent over the years, but it is a pair of rising stars that are leading the attack for the Super Eagles' new generation.

West Ham United will move up the Premier League table once they have weathered the injury crisis currently plaguing the side, believes left back Aaron Cresswell. West Ham sit 18th in the table.

After his latest controversy, Sleevegate, Sportsmail looks at the love-hate relationship between fans of the Spanish national side and their World and European champion defender, Gerard Pique.

France defender Djibril Sidibe turned down Arsenal this summer fearing he would not play regularly - but has targeted a move to England next season.

Gag's on you, lads! Wales pose for another hideous team photo but Georgia derail hosts'

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. 

Neymar has to stop being 'Charlie Big B*******' according to Bolivia defender Yasmani Duk

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.

CRAIG HOPE IN MOLDOVA: James McClean's double handed the Republic of Ireland a deserved 3-1 victory to put Martin O'Neill's side joint top of their World Cup qualifying group.

After Karamoko Dembele made his debut for Celtic's U20 side aged just 13, there's already another wonderkid on the block... and he goes by the name of Mustafa Kapi. 

Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza admitted that he was 'surprised' by how much Lionel Messi knows about football and said that 'nothing escapes' the Barcelona superstar.

Paul Pogba's slow start to the new season can be put down to his exertions at Euro 2016 last summer, says his international captain Hugo Lloris. Pogba helped France to the final on home soil.

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?

Neymar is already better than Ronaldo and Romario and destined to be the greatest since Pele, according to Brazil icon Tostao

Barcelona legend Xavi 'would love' to see Scotland at the 2018 World Cup

Juan Mata wants Manchester United to record third win over Liverpool at Anfield and show they mean business

Slovenia manager Srecko Katanec unsurprised at England's plans to drop Wayne Rooney: 'He is not the youngest and his form has...

Ronald Koeman has us working harder than ever before, says Everton flying full-back Seamus Coleman

Gerard Pique shocks Spain by announcing international retirement after 2018 World Cup amidst 'Sleevegate' controversy... So what...

Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho are the young Premier League stars leading Nigeria's new generation 

Djibril Sidibe reveals Arsenal snub but is targeting Premier League switch

Aaron Cresswell surprised by West Ham's poor start but says they will soon climb back up the table

York City enter the realms of farce as they sack manager Jackie McNamara, only to ask him to continue in charge until they find...

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford praises Zlatan Ibrahimovic for helping youngsters at Old Trafford

Gareth Southgate's England backroom staff: The medical lecturer, shipyard worker and back injury specialist who make up the Three...

Wayne Rooney axed: England captain dropped for Slovenia clash as Gareth Southgate benches Manchester United man

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge claims he has added headers to his scoring repertoire after England goal 

Paul Pogba under pressure after criticism from Didier Deschamps as France gear up to face 'rejuvenated' Holland in World Cup...

Frank Lampard wants to become a manager when his career is over... but jokes it will only be with Chelsea

Manchester City sweat over Sergio Aguero's fitness as striker limps out of Argentina training with calf problem

Raheem Sterling spends some quality time with his girlfriend as he recovers from calf injury

Dusan Tadic overcome with emotion after Serbia's win against Austria: 'I almost burst into tears when the whole stadium started...

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui eases concerns of Gerard Pique retirement following shirt sleeves incident

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