Former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke is questioning England interim manager Gareth Southgate for his treatment of Wayne Rooney.
Rooney, who’s been the England captain since Steven Gerrard retired after the 2014 World Cup, started the game for England in the 2-0 win over Malta in the World Cup qualifiers, but was dropped by Southgate for the following game against Slovenia, which ended in a scoreless draw. Yorke is hitting out at Southgate for dropping Rooney and how he handled the whole situation.
“People forget he’s the greatest English player and the goals he has scored,” Yorke said.
“We’ve all gone through spells where you’re not playing well and it’s a real battle, but the way people have talked about him is really disrespectful.
“It’s a real difficult time because he’s asked to play all these different positions and gets all the flak he does, yet he tries his hardest every single game.
“Then you get people like Gareth Southgate taking him out of the team because of the pressure from the media and I think that’s wrong especially coming off the back of a positive result.
“Sometimes you have to show people a little faith and for Gareth Southgate to make that call, well I thought that was a little strange.
“To then put him in front of the media to face the music and say he isn’t going to play was disrespectful and a disgrace in my opinion.”