England’s interim boss Gareth Southgate claims the squad is full of leaders after confirming Jordan Henderson will captain the side for Tuesday’s friendly against Spain.
Rooney led the Three Lions at Wembley for Friday’s 3-0 2018 World Cup qualifying victory over Scotland.
However, the Red Devils man missed training on Monday with a minor knee complaint before later confirming that he will travel back to his club for treatment.
Henderson, who also captained England in the goalless draw with Slovenia last month, will step in as his replacement.
Southgate said: “I don’t think we can have just one captain. We have several leaders.
Too much responsibility has been on Wayne – we need to share that. Once you have a team of those leaders you can have a lot of success.”
Southgate believes Tuesday’s game will provide a different test to that posed by Scotland and hinted he is likely to name a strong XI.
He added: “It’s a great challenge in terms of a different style of game. It’s a game we have to get tactically right, the way we press and use the ball.
“We want to build on last few performances, which I think have improved the detail of how we want to play. “I don’t want to make loads of changes.
If we don’t keep some consistency then we are not building and are starting again almost.” England are 3.00 to win Tuesday’s friendly while Spain can be backed at 2.60 and the draw is 3.20.