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England toil without Rooney in Slovenia stalemate

Ljubljana (AFP) – England failed to shine without Wayne Rooney as they escaped with a 0-0 draw against Slovenia after a dire display in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier. With Rooney watching from the bench after being dropped by interim manager Gareth Southgate, England’s turgid efforts could easily have led to an embarrassing defeat. By the time Manchester United star Rooney came on in the 72nd minute, England goalkeeper Joe Hart had made a series of fine saves to keep unheralded Slovenia at bay in the Stozice Stadium.
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