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England Manager Explains Rooney's Exclusion

Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney was left out of the England squad, and the manager has explained why the country's all-time top scorer was snubbed.

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The Red Devils captain was left out of Gareth Southgate's 25-man squad to face England and France next month.

This is the second time Southgate has snubbed Rooney and the Three Lions manager claims there are other strikers, who have been performing better.

"We have a lot of players playing exceptionally well in the area of the pitch that Wayne plays," Southgate told the FA's official website.

"I said last time [in March] that he was a bit short of matches – he has had some matches now but we have got players that have done really, really well for us in Adam Lallana and Dele Alli.

"We have got Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane coming back and Jermain Defoe who did really well for us last time, while Jamie Vardy's been in excellent form in the second half of the season.

"I can't dress it up any other way. Other players are in really good form and deserve to keep their place."

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