Peter Crouch is to be handed a start for England against Belarus on Wednesday.
With Rooney injured, manager Fabio Capello has opted also to drop Emile Heskey, meaning Crouch will be given a starting berth alongside Gabriel Agbonlahor.
England have already qualified as group winners, so Capello will use the Wembley match as a chance to experiment with some of his fringe players.
Crouch had been out of Capello’s England squads until recently, so will hope to use the opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the final 23 for the World Cup.
Capello said, “I want to see Agbonlahor and other players, so the two forwards will be Crouch and Agbonlahor tonight.”
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