England captain Wayne Rooney is set to miss England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia through injury.
For the third day in succession, the 29-year-old forward was unable to train with his international team-mates after an ankle injury sustained in Manchester United’s defeat to Arsenal.
Rooney is set to miss Friday’s clash with Estonia as a result and is a major doubt for next week’s Lithuania encounter in the Group E finale. In the absence of Rooney, Hodgson is planning to name Garry Cahill as skipper.
Regardless of the injury, Rooney is expected to attend the final qualifier as he wants to pick up his commemorative golden boot for breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s scoring record.
He last month broke the 45-year long record with a penalty against Switzerland and will receive the boot from the 1966 World Cup winner before kick-off.
Theo Walcott appears the most likely replacement up front for Roy Hodgson’s men, especially as Danny Ings is also set to miss the Estonia encounter. The Liverpool striker is in the England squad for the first time, but again sat out training at St George’s Park on Thursday with an ankle complaint.
England coach has mostly used Walcott on the right side, but the 26 year old promising striker has impressed in a more central role for Arsenal this season and also has admitted, the central role suits him more.
England qualified for next year’s Euro with a 6-0 victory in San Marino on September 5th and won all eight of their qualifier campaign. Walcott, who managed to pick up a brace against San Marino and has 12 goals in his last 14 premiere league appearances, revealed that he is keen to make an impact in the final two games also.
Apart from Rooney, Michael Carrick is a doubt after missing the session with a knock, although Jonjo Shelvey returned to action. Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker were involved, having been drafted into the squad following the withdrawal of John Stones earlier in the week.