It will be the second time in four games Southgate will have opted against starting his captain and England’s record goalscorer, having dropped the Rooney for the 0-0 draw against Slovenia last month.
The 31-year-old sat out training on Monday morning with a minor injury along with Ryan Bertrand, but Southgate insisted he had already made to start without the Manchester United man, regardless of his fitness.
In Rooney’s stead, Jordan Henderson will don the captain’s armband, as he did in the World Cup qualifier in Ljubljana, as Southgate continues to explore other options for his England team.
Rooney will be assessed by medical staff prior to the game to determine whether he is fit enough or not to feature during the former World and European champions.
"Both [Rooney and Bertrand] are being assessed,” said Southgate. “They had minor issues this morning, so we'll have a look at them as the day goes on.
"They weren't ready to train today so they must be a doubt, but we'll have to look later.
"I wouldn't start Wayne in this game anyway, so we'll decide which route to go.
"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.
England vs Scotland player ratings
England vs Scotland player ratings
1/22 Joe Hart – 6 out of 10
Dealt with everything that came his way, though the few Scottish efforts that reached him were either mistimed or weak.
2/22 Kyle Walker – 8 out of 10
England’s best player in the first half. He threatened the Scots time and again with direct dashes down the right flank. Deserved his assist.
3/22 Gary Cahill – 5 out of 10
As the most experienced member of England’s backline, could have marshalled his men much better, especially right after the break. Still, scored the third with a header.
4/22 John Stones – 6 out of 10
The odd moment of hesitation and indecision undermined a largely sound display. Guilty of dropping too deep and inviting pressure at times.
5/22 Danny Rose – 7 out of 10
Not initially as impressive as Walker on the opposite wing, but came alive after the break and earned his assist for Lallana’s goal.
6/22 Eric Dier – 7 out of 10
Looks more and more like his country’s most accomplished midfielder. Not a special night, but he did the simple things well.
7/22 Jordan Henderson – 5 out of 10
Has his deeper role at Anfield inhibited him? Offered little going forward when, alongside Dier, he had license to run and get creative.
8/22 Wayne Rooney – 6 out of 10
An improvement on recent displays for his country but it remains hard to see where he fits in. His selection is always predicated on his world class talent, but it feels so long since we’ve seen it.
9/22 Adam Lallana – 8 out of 10
Brought all the dynamism and work ethic he has shown recently for Liverpool and was rewarded with his second goal at international level.
10/22 Raheem Sterling – 8 out of 10
Often bruised and battered, but kept bravely running at Scotland’s deep defence, and England’s fan finally seem to be on his side. Less said about the sitter, the better.
11/22 Daniel Sturridge – 8 out of 10
Maintained his recent good record when playing under Wembley’s arch. His flicked header was his fourth goal in his last six starts here.
12/22 Craig Gordon – 4 out of 10
Beaten too easily for each of England’s goals – particularly Lallana’s, where his positioning was particularly questionable.
13/22 Ikechi Anya – 5 out of 10
Did not trouble England down the flank as often as he could have, potentially because of his side’s conservative tactics.
14/22 Christophe Berra – 4 out of 10
Struggled with Sturridge’s movement, especially when he had Lallana and Sterling to contend with too. A poor display.
15/22 Grant Hanley – 5 out of 10
Should have punished England when presented with a free header off a corner in the first half. Slightly more competent at the back than his partner.
16/22 Lee Wallace – 7 out of 10
One of Scotland’s more impressive performers, he made sure Sterling knew he was there on more than one occasion.
17/22 Darren Fletcher – 6 out of 10
A willing but often unable presence in Scotland’s midfield. In his pomp, would surely have had his old team-mate Rooney under wraps.
18/22 James Forrest – 5 out of 10
Lacked a cool head when Gordon Strachan needed one and spurned Scotland’s best chance of the match.
19/22 Scott Brown – 4 out of 10
The subject of much debate after returning to the side, but this performance did nothing to hurt Charlie Adam’s claim to his place.
20/22 James Morrison – 4 out of 10
When he wasn’t wasteful in possession, he was inadequately attempting to stop England bypass Scotland’s first line of defence. Hooked in the second half.
21/22 Robert Snodgrass – 5 out of 10
Another one guilty of wasting chances when they fell to him. One of the few in Strachan’s side who can invent something, but failed to show that tonight.
22/22 Leigh Griffiths – 6 out of 10
Offered bright, intelligent play and harried England’s fallible centre-halves but no avail. Should’ve done better when played through by a white shirt in the first half.
"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 was unwilling to discuss his England future, with the Spain game the final of the four he was asked to take charge of following previous manager Sam Allardyce’s sacking.
Instead, the former Middlesbrough manager wanted to stress the importance of England working without the ball against a Spain side expected to dominate possession.
"I don't think now is the time for those discussions,” he added.
"I've said everything is about the team. I'm not a coach for whom what happens to me is the most important thing.
"First and foremost in these four matches I was asked to pick up, the team are in a healthy qualifying position and that's been done.
"Now we'd like to build on that in the game tomorrow and to show some style, some understanding of what we need to do without the ball.
"Our pressing has to be spot on, because if you don't get that right against Spain then they can carve you apart. So our work with and without the ball has to be immaculate and so that's a great challenge for us as a group of coaches and all of the players."Reuse content