England manager Gareth Southgate says Jose Mourinho had no influence on the decision to pull Marcus Rashford from the Under-21 European Championship, and is ready to deal with "collisions" between club and country.
"So we'll be with Kieran [Trippier] and Kyle Walker, but Kieran impressed me at Burnley in the season they had in the Premier League when he was there and I think he has finished the season very well with Tottenham. The only decision for me was, do we send him to both?"
Southgate revealed he has not spoken to Rooney, who has amassed 119 caps in an global career spanning more than 14 years, as a lack of regular action continues to be the reason for his absence.
"I'm mindful of being respectful of what he's done so don't like talking about him in the past tense".
"I've no idea what the future is for Wayne at Manchester United so it's impossible for me to comment if he's part of the plans or not", added Southgate.
"I agree, at the moment, you look around and from the outside there aren't the established players", Southgate continued.
That decision, he explained, was based on Rashford's high appearance rate for United, with Southgate using the example of Harry Kane's diminished performances in Euro 2016 after playing for the under-21s the previous summer and barely getting a rest. We don't always receive data, " Southgate said. He just constantly wants to improve.
"We are in a position where we could go a number of different ways with that".
"Marcus doesn't seem phased by whatever situation he is put in". We saw that end of last season with Roy [Hodgson]. We see him step up and take the free-kick against Celta Vigo. He thinks deeply about the game.
Having recently named the Manchester United striker in his squad for games against Scotland and France, however, Southgate has now defended his decision to leave the U21s without arguably their star man.
Other roles have been given to Manchester City personnel and the suspicion of the FA is that United, and others, are concerned about the possibility of information reaching rival teams.