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'I won't quit' - Wayne Rooney defiant after England axe

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'I won't quit' - Wayne Rooney defiant after England axe

Rooney was booed by sections of England's support during Saturday's 2-0 win over Malta, but Henderson says the 30-year-old is still hugely valued by his fellow players in the England dressing room. I love playing for my country.

Southgate confirmed that his under-fire skipper will not be in the starting line-up for the World Cup qualifier, but insisted Rooney remains captain of the national team. The on-loan Torino man also had to be on his game to deny Josip Ilicic twice from two one-on-one situations following sloppy back-passes from England players. What was key that, in an incredibly hard 10 days not only in terms of taking over [from Sam Allardyce] but with the withdrawals with injury, to get four points ...

"And we owe our goalkeeper for an outstanding performance to keep the clean sheet".

Gareth Southgate acknowledged England could have done better following a goalless draw against Slovenia but the caretaker manager told ITV he was satisfied with a point having inherited "a mess".

Southgate felt that more could have been made of some of the opportunities, but said: "I can't ask more than they've given over the 10 days I've had working with them".

"A lot of respect to what they have done tonight, they have dug in and Jan Oblak, whom I am a massive fan of, had a fantastic game in goal".

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Southgate's final two matches in interim charge come at Wembley next month, when a friendly against Spain follows a mouth-watering qualifying clash with Scotland.

"After the summer it would have been easy for me to walk away and say: 'That's it, I've had enough, ' but that's not me". I have to be realistic about how quickly we can adapt to a style of play.

"His attitude was excellent and his manner very calm".

"On the night it is a disappointing result but we have to look at the bigger picture and we are trying to qualify for Russian Federation. My body is in pieces, I will struggle to get up tomorrow", added the over-worked stopper who appeared to defy gravity to stop Kurtic's header creeping under the crossbar before landing painfully against the goal frame. "He was top class".

"Whatever the outcome of the game, you make a decision on the right rationale that was right at the time", he said.

"I am very happy with the way the guys performed", the Slovenia coach said.

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