For the first time in his illustrious international career, Wayne Rooney is under pressure for selection. Few weeks back, Rooney’s place was uncertain as he was competing with in form strikers who are leading the Barclays Premier League golden boot race.
However, Roy Hodgson wants his experienced skipper in France but not sure if he could fit in the final eleven.
The competition around the Red Devil is stiff. For a striking role, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane are way ahead in terms of form. Rooney’s 2015/16 season is a mix of highs and lows.
On the other hand, Vardy and Kane are in top gear throughout with 22 and 26 goals respectively. Their teams are contesting for the English Premier League title.
Despite lack of space upfront, Rooney can start proceedings in a deeper role. Recently in English football, Louis Van Gaal has used his captain in midfield capacity successfully.
The 30 year old has the ability to spot unimaginable spaces. England’s record goal scorer offers a lot in a deeper role. His desire to run back and win the ball along with his eye for assists gives him the edge.
Under the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, Rooney was seen as the next Paul Scholes by his manager at the twilight of his career. From long range screamers to jaw dropping assists, Rooney has it all to turn into a quality midfield player. His vision is charismatic. The historic Van Persie goal against Aston Villa in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season was truly Rooney’s master piece.
Though, competition for midfield places is huge as well. The latest being the 20 year old sensation, Dele Alli. The Spurs man is pulling the strings in the race for the title with 10 goals and 9 assists. He also features in PFA team of the year ahead of German midfield maestro, Mesut Ozil.
Also, Ross Barkely and Jack Wilshere are in contention for similar roles. With all this competition around, the England boss puts Rooney above all because of what he has achieved for the three lions.
With 109 appearances and 51 goals, the 30 year old has still got a lot more to offer. His experience of playing in big games alongside his ability to play in different positions makes him a key member of Hodgson’s Barmy army.