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Dropping Rooney?

Dropping Rooney?

Could the unthinkable happen?

Stories published in the media this morning infer that England could start the game, against Uruguay this Thursday, without Wayne Rooney in the starting eleven.

The idea is based on the fact that Rooney had a poor game against the Italian`s, on Saturday night, whilst he was also seen to be the only player from the starting eleven who was actively taking part in a training session yesterday.

However, whilst the media get their knickers in a twist and seem to be focusing on Rooney`s fallibility instead of the positive aspects of his game, Roy Hodgson`s assistant, Gary Neville, has stepped forward to pour scorn on the intimation that Rooney will be dropped for Thursday nights game, remarking to the media hounds,

"I cannot believe this is even being discussed."

"If you asked the Brazil manager or any other manager it they would drop their best player, they`d just laugh at you."

"In the next game we`ll see Wayne play his best game in his best position."

Or is that an elaborate smoke-screen?

I guess we`ll find out when Roy names his starting eleven just before kick-off in a game England have to get a result from to stay in the tournament.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Red Boy
Date:Tuesday June 17 2014
Time: 7:36AM


play him in his position or drop him, no messing about. The WC is not the time for experiments and messing about. His cross that led to the goal was excellent, the rest of his game was amazingly average, as was Gerrards.
The Fear
17/06/2014 10:45:00
He hates being out of position everyone knows this play him up front or drop him. The Fear is right the time for experimental set ups has been and gone. Use a bloody system the players know, put the players in the right positions and get on with it.
17/06/2014 11:59:00
Well, if Hodgson feels we play better without Rooney central then drop him, the teams needs must come before any individuals needs. Personally I think he needs the Joe Hart treatment and a spell on the bench. He hasn't been good enough and the media pressure isn't helping him either so take him away from it all and let him sort himself out.

My thoughts and opinions regarding Rooney's playing position at club level have been expressed enough. At international level it's very much the same opinion. Rooney lacks the elegance and intricancy to play in-the-hole efficiently like an Ozil, Mata, Silva, Iniesta, etc. His inability to link up with a strike partner rules him out up top, Sturridge is more potent offensively and won't drop deep into midfield spraying 30 yard passes in turn leaving you without a striker like Rooney habitually does. Again all that's left for him in my eyes is to slot in alongside Gerrard/Wilshere/who ever. Would be nice to see England roll the dice on a 4-3-3 with a midfield 3 of Gerrard, Rooney, Wilshere.

Realistically though he'll play every game and stink up the show in the process whilst England crash out yet again. The combination play between Sturridge, Welbeck and Sterling was impressive against Italy, watch as it's split apart just to accomodate Rooney's playing central up top delusions.
17/06/2014 15:26:00
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