As is often the case with footballers, their reputations carry them a much greater distance than their talents and achievements. Wayne Rooney has been surviving off of his enhanced reputation in an England jersey for some time, and there are players who are more deserving of their place in the side.
Rooney may have been out of his comfort zone against Italy, but that was because Raheem Sterling has shown so much potential to suggest he was the right man for the central role. And few could argue it having seen his performance. The likes of Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Ross Barkley, and Adam Lallana have shown more consistently dangerous form recently, and could all stake a claim to be worthy of a place above Rooney.