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.
I'd start with this XI on Thurs: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Shaw, Gerrard, Barkley, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sterling, Rooney, Sturridge.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 15, 2014
If you don't think Rooney should start for England then there's something wrong with you…
— jack brown (@jmb2302) June 15, 2014
Rooney was alright yesterday. A bad miss, yes but overall, he played quite well. I don't agree wuth all this scapegoating.
— Abiola Kazeem (@biolakazeem) June 15, 2014
People are determined to hate Rooney he's a class player and he needs to start simple as that.
— Alex Strodder (@AlexStrodder) June 15, 2014
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.
If we lose Thursday it could be game over… Will Roy have the balls to do what is needed? Drop Rooney and start Barkley….
— Danny Feasey (@danfeasey) June 15, 2014
It's just the United fans who think Rooney should start. Every other sane person knows he should be dropped.
— LiverpoolFC News (@LFCTransferNRS) June 15, 2014
Gutted about last night! Wayne Rooney might of set the goal up but the guy needs putting right in the bin.. #Shocking
— Connor (@ConnorwilsonLFC) June 15, 2014
Good effort from England's youngsters. I'd "rest" Rooney v Uruguay & start Barkley, as long as Sturridge is ok. #ENGvsITA 1v2.
— Des Kelly (@DesKellyBTS) June 14, 2014
However. Yes, Rooney was out of position. But sterling and sturridge did better than he would have anyway. Barkley for Rooney. He's done
— David Clarke (@__DaveClarke) June 15, 2014
Well played England shame about the result, Rooney is compromising the dynamic of the team, we need a proper winger.
— James Tatton (@Tatton82) June 15, 2014