Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes believes that Wayne Rooney will give Uruguay’s defence major problems if used in his preferred centre-forward role.

The 28-year-old is widely seen as the Three Lions’ top attacking threat, but aside from a wonderful cross for Daniel Sturridge’s goal in the Italy defeat he was quiet in his new role on the left flank.

Having left Leighton Baines exposed on numerous occasions in Manaus, there have been calls from fans and pundits for Roy Hodgson to drop ‘Wazza’ for the crunch tie against Uruguay – who also lost their opener.

But Scholes feels that Rooney should be used as the focal point of the attack to exploit the South Americans’ centre-back pairing, which he sees as a weakness.

“I’ll say it again, Wayne has to play up front.” He wrote in his column for Paddy Power.

“Rio Ferdinand and Alan Shearer have repeated it on the BBC. Play our best goalscorer in his best position and he’ll get goals.

“His record at international level supports that. It’s not rocket science.”

Rooney is yet to score a goal at a World Cup finals, and has failed to truly live up to his potential at a major competition since his EURO 2004 breakthrough.

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