Despite putting in the cross for Daniel Sturridge’s 37th minute equaliser, Wayne Rooney’s performance against Italy has come under intense scrutiny in the aftermath of the defeat. Out on the left, the Manchester United forward struggled to influence the game and was more often than not on the periphery of England’s attacks.

With Raheem Sterling shining in the number ten role behind club colleague Sturridge, there is no reason to suggest that Rooney will be reclaiming his preferred position anytime soon. The 19 year old showed no fear in possession and his pace was a frequent threat to the Italian defence.

Of course, with 39 goals in 93 matches for England, there are some who suggest that Roy Hodgson should keep faith in the 28 year old.

However, the overwhelming view on Twitter amongst fans and pundits alike is that the Manchester United man should be “rested” for the decisive encounter with Uruguay.

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