Despite providing the assist for Daniel Sturridge’s equaliser against Italy on Saturday night, Wayne Rooney struggled to influence the course of the game. Out in an unfamiliar role on the left, the Manchester United forward was on the periphery of proceedings in Manaus as Raheem Sterling shone in the central role.

In the wake of this performance, the pressure has increased on Roy Hodgson to drop the 28 year old for tonight’s crunch encounter with Uruguay. After opening defeats for both countries, a defeat for either nation will almost certainly end their hopes of progressing into the knockout stages.

At the time of writing, there has been no indication to suggest that Hodgson will succumb to the overwhelming demands from many to “rest” Rooney. Bearing this in mind, here are FIVE reasons why the England manager should stand by the 28 year old and select him for such a crucial match.

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Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney

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