Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has claimed that Manchester United star Wayne Rooney should be dropped from the England starting line-up at Euro 2016 this summer, Daily Star reports.
Le Tissier is one of the Premier League’s greats with 209 goals in 540 games for the Saints, but despite his natural talent, has only made eight caps for the Three Lions.
However, the 47-year-old is adamant that for the European championships in France, England boss Roy Hodgson should bench Rooney in favour of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, with Dele Alli and Everton’s Ross Barkeley playing behind the current EPL top scorer.
Le Tissier said: “Rooney doesn’t get in my team at the moment, just based on form.
“You also have to take into consideration the fact when he’s been injured he’s not been great at coming back and hitting form straight away.
“The spell he’s been out now is starting to be a little bit extended and you have to wonder what form he will be in.
“In Roy’s world if he’s fit I think he’ll play. I’d have him in the squad but he wouldn’t make the starting XI.
“This summer’s Euros have always been about the future so why not use it as almost a free swing and give the young lads some experience looking to 2018 and 2020.
“Dele Alli has been the one who has shot to the fore this season and shot his name into the squad just by his performances, he’s been consistently good this season.
“Harry Kane – there was a lot of clamour with Jamie Vardy when he went on his scoring run. But I always thought Harry Kane would be the main striker.
“Kane and Alli are fantastic together. As a manager of the national side Roy’s probably looking at that and that will help Alli’s case.
“Barkley should play too – 100 per cent. You can play Alli and Barkley in the same team. It will be really exciting to watch. Let’s hope Roy agrees.”
Rooney is currently nursing a knee injury and is expected to be picked by Hodgson regardless of his fitness, as the 30-year-old isn’t only the country’s captain, but also their record goalscorer.
England will face World Champions Germany this weekend before hosting the Netherlands, who didn’t qualify, on Tuesday March 29 next week.