England’s win over Germany was the best result for Roy Hodgson since taking over as the national team’s coach. While there were plenty of positives to take for Hodgson from Berlin, he must address the obvious issue of Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane in coming weeks.
Many experts have carried a notion where they feel Rooney and Kane cannot play in the same team given their lack of pace upfront. In a big tournament teams often rely on counter attacks to score goals, and for England to do that they need the likes of Jamie Vardy or Danny Welbeck to support Kane and not Rooney.
While there may be some sense to the argument, we cannot ignore Rooney’s International pedigree and what he can do in big matches. His presence on the pitch in itself is a cause of concerns for the oppositions. Rooney can find a 40-50 yard pass within blink of an eye and put his team in motion.
Roy Hodgson has a tough call to make in coming weeks as he has to find a way to bring his skipper in the starting XI and play Kane as well after the Spurs man has been the best English striker this season.
On behalf of Mr. Hodgson, we looked at the four possible formations (3 realistic, 1 vague) which would see both Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney play together and be effective for England during the upcoming Euro 2016.
Rooney and Kane in 4-4-1-1
Over the years, there have been few doubts about Rooney’s ability to play as the lone striker, however, his quality from the number 10 role is still impeccable. He can pick defense threading passes with ease and with a finisher like Harry Kane in front of him, Rooney will be even more of an influence of England during the upcoming Euro 2016.
Rooney and Kane in 4-2-3-1
This formation can be the way forward for England during Euro 2016, the only call Roy Hodgson would have to make will about Dele Alli’s starting position. Alli can start in an advanced role (left wing) or he will sit deep with Eric Dier and control England’s midfield.
Rooney and Kane in 4-3-3
Kane would be the obvious goal threat with support coming from the wings in from of Danny Welbeck / Raheem Sterling or Adam Lallana / Ross Barkley.
Rooney, Kane and Vardy in 4-3-1-2 (The Vague One)
Both Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane would keep the opposing defenders pinned in their own halves, which would allow Wayne Rooney to find himself in great positions and keep feeding the two strikers with chances to score.
Ross Barkley would become more of an impact for England in this system as he would slot in the midfield along with Eric Dier and Dele Alli. We could see England adopt this formation when they are chasing games and need to score goals at all cost.
Among all these formations, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson will be the one to make way for Wayne Rooney. Henderson’s lack of technical ability on the ball was exploited by the Germans and one thinks Rooney can contribute more to England’s cause than Henderson.
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