Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has stood up for Wayne Rooney and stated that the Red Devils captain should start for England this summer.
With a host of English strikers excelling in the Premier League this season including Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane, the national skipper’s role in the Three Lions’ starting line-up is being questioned.
Rooney has recently been injured and missed a handful of international friendlies, where the prospect of playing without him at Euro 2016 became a topic of conversation.
Despite this, Van Gaal has been talking about the veteran’s abilities and importance to both club and country.
The Dutchman said that although Kane was in form, Rooney is worthy of starting for Roy Hodgson’s men this summer.
“It always depends on their form because everybody has tendencies in their shape,” The Guardian quote Van Gaal as saying.
“It is always like that. Wayne is more like that. Normally he is the best striker, but Harry Kane, how many has he scored?
“That also counts for a striker and also for Wayne. So, it’s also dependable on your team, how they are playing, so you cannot say that so easily. But when you see his record he is the best striker.”
Rooney is expected to be back in action for United soon and his return should be a real boost for the Old Trafford outfit in their pursuit of a top-four finish.