Manchester United striker happy with England midfield role

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney admits to being open to playing a midfielder’s role for England at the World Cup instead of his usual striker’s position up top.

Rooney has been under heavy scrutiny ahead of the tournament, as critics debated where and how he fits into the squad with former team mate Paul Scholes questioning whether he should even be an automatic selection.

The 28-year-old striker would prefer to be given a more central attacking role, but he may now need to change his game in order to fit into Roy Hodgson’s formation.

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In recent friendlies, Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge has been deployed up top while the likes of Rooney was moved to a more left-wing approach.

“I have played there quite a lot in my career,” Rooney told SkySports.

“I have played left and right, more so on the left. The manager asked me to play there and I have no problem doing it.

“I am not going to stop playing for England because I was moved out on to the left wing, am I? I am happy to play for England where I am needed.”


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