Gary Lineker has caused a 'bit of a fuss' by daring to question the right that Wayne Rooney has to be considered a 'nailed on' starting in Roy Hodgson's side.
Hodgson himself had recently suggested that Rooney, like anyone else, is not assured of his place in the starting XI but Lineker has gone one further to almost say that he thinks Rooney could, maybe even should, be left out.
Unsurprisingly Sir Bobby Charlton has disagreed with these thoughts with Harry Redknapp, always ready to have his say, also saying that Rooney starting is 'a must' for England.
You will not have me disagreeing with thoughts that Rooney should not be a starter...
Ok, perhaps my previous thoughts that Rooney should not have been in the squad were a bit extreme, he is a quality footballer but I maintain my thoughts that given the evolution that the England team, let alone squad, is undergoing that the United man effects the balance.
I think that Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley could all quite easily fill a role that Rooney is expected to do so, and more it could be debated more successfully?
Perhaps very attack minded but I cannot see why all three of those mentioned above could not start with Daniel Sturridge as the central striking option - they would all link-up well I reckon.
Rooney is not 'untouchable' but I would still expect him to be on the starting XI for most, if not all games, that England play in Brazil this summer.
What is definitely certain, or should be, is that if Rooney does not perform for England at a major tournament - as he has not, lets face it, too often - then his status as a 'regular starter' going forward seriously has to be in question...
Like I have also said previously, in the interests of fairness, perhaps with less pressure on Rooney's shoulders he will be able to relax and thrive, therefore so will England, at the world cup?
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