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Should Wayne Rooney be in England’s starting line up for the Euros?

10th May 2016
As we all try to come to terms with Leicester City’s magnificent triumph in the Premier League, there are still a few domestic issues to still be sorted, like the battle for 4th place between the two “Manchester giants?!” and the North East’s struggle to see who remains in the top flight. However I’m interested in your opinions as to the England starting line up for Euro 2016.

There are a few friendly matches to be played around the country before England run out against Russia in Marseilles on 11th June and form and injuries may yet play a part, but the big burning question is “should Wayne Rooney be in Roy’s starting line up?”

This has been an interesting and surprising season and the emergence of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy has surely pushed those two strikers with nearly 50 league goals to their names to figure strongly up front for England in the competition.

So where does that leave Rooney? He’s now England’s top scorer (albeit with lots of penalties) and, as usual, England performed well in the qualifying group, but against mediocre opposition.

Does he play him up front just off Harry Kane or Jamie Vardy?
Does he play him in midfield?
Does he slow the game down too much?
Should he start at all?

Yes Rooney has tournament experience, but let’s face it that experience has been appalling, so do we want players who have massively underperformed in previous tournaments? Roy Hodgson is known to be a very loyal manager, but is it time to ditch his captain?

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