Wayne Rooney: Manchester United Star Withdraws from Spain Game

England captain Wayne Rooney.
England captain Wayne Rooney at Wembley Stadium, London, November 11. Rooney will not play against Spain on Tuesday due to a knee injury. Richard Heathcote/Getty

Wayne Rooney will not feature in England's friendly international against Spain on Tuesday due to injury.

Rooney, 30, has a knee problem and has withdrawn from the squad, according to the Football Association (FA).

That means Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will take the captain's armband in the Manchester United striker's place.

Rooney, 30, has lost his regular starting place at United this season under Jose Mourinho but remains a fixture for England.

"Jordan Henderson will be captain. But I believe we've got several leaders, one sitting next to me [Joe Hart] who has shown a great maturity since I've been in the roles, and I don't think we can have just one captain," interim England manager Gareth Southgate said.

"At times too much of that responsibility has laid with Wayne and we need to share that. There are leaders already and other potential leaders who I think can step forward. And once you have a team full of those players then we'll have a lot of success."

Southgate, 46, has been offered the England job on a permanent basis according to reports in the British press. The Spain game was scheduled to be the last of his four trial games in charge.