Wayne Rooney might have tweeted his delight at England’s stunning comeback win over Germany on Sunday, but deep down the England captain is aware of a growing threat over his place in the starting XI.
What a result well done boys. Great spirit and to come back from 2 down in Germany ??buzzing
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) March 26, 2016
After months of hype and expectation England football team finally showed us why the fans are excited about this young crop of players emerging under Roy Hodgson. Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and a rejuvenated Jamie Vardy led England’s comeback win in Berlin.
After seeing these explosive players make an instant impact on England’s side, one must wonder where will Rooney play when he returns from his injury. At the moment, Harry Kane is by far England’s best striker and if the Spurs man is benched in favor of Rooney, it will be a huge injustice.
To bring Rooney in to the team, Hodgson might want to play with 2-striker strategy, however, even then Jamie Vardy would get the nod ahead of Rooney because of his speed and ability to change the game like he did against Germany.
Even Hodgson has admitted that Kane and Vardy have put huge pressure on Rooney when he returns. Speaking after the Germany game, Hodgson said: “Even When he [Rooney] comes back and is fit again, he is going to be putting enormous pressure on these players. Just as these players have been putting enormous pressure on him.
“Vardy came on and did well, Kane was excellent throughout the game. I will enjoy that for the minute. I’m pretty sure when Wayne is fit again, and comes back, then we will assess the situation.”
If fit, Daniel Sturridge would ideally be the third choice for England on current form which leaves Rooney’s spot in England team in a very precarious situation. Being captain, he cannot be dropped and picking him ahead of Kane and Vardy will not be a fair decision.
Roy Hodgson must make a brave call in coming weeks as to what will be Wayne Rooney’s role for The Three Lions in the upcoming Euro 2016, which could be England’s first realistic chance of winning something since Euro 2004.
England must keep the team’s interest ahead of individuals even if it means for Rooney to be on the bench during Euro 2016. We are yet to know how Rooney will react to being the third or fourth striker for England, however, one thing is for sure – he will not be very thrilled about the current situation.
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