Hodgson – Ignore Fickle England Fans And START RooneyApril, 06, 2016
As we head back into domestic football, after the dreaded international break, England fans will be full with the cruel mistress that is hope. After an impressive comeback in Berlin against the World champions, and a courageous effort in what was a controversial loss to the Dutch, Three Lions fans are rightfully hopeful, but it’s a dangerous path to go down.
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 29, 2016
Manager Roy Hodgson however, will be left with quite the headache. That headache unfortunately is England’s all-time top scorer – Wayne Rooney. Rooney’s form over the past couple of years has shown a significant dip, whilst his counterparts; Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have been on fire this season. Leading to a possible exclusion of Wayne from the squad.
Football fans on Twitter are calling for Rooney to be dropped to the bench, and some are even asking he doesn’t make the plan. These suggestions are outright disrespectful to a player of Rooney’s calibre. Many are quick to forget his turn of form before the knee injury he sustained, clocking up 7 goals and 3 assists in his last 9 games.
The England captain has not clawed his way to the top, being one of the most recognised players in the games, England’s top scorer and the second all-time top scorer, from being an average player. Rooney has the experience and ability to drag his team through a game and get the result. Can the same be said for Vardy and Kane? Both lack experience on the international level, both for their country and club.
And very big question after England’s superb win in Berlin – did it spell the beginning of the end for Wayne Rooney? https://t.co/rB1IeDnBbR
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) March 27, 2016
Harry Kane has to start for England, no doubt. His form over the past few seasons has been unquestionably the best shown by an England player for a few years, and his link-up play with fellow Spur’s starter Dele Alli could be the key to success for Hodgson and England.
Jamie Vardy on the other hand is being given a free pass by all spectators because of a – admittedly amazing – season, where he broke the record for number of consecutive games scored in. Since then his goal scoring has dropped and he has started to become anonymous in games. The Leicester man will cause many defences problems with his blistering pace and work-rate, but that does not merit a starting place in the first-team.
“English fans are like no other – cynical and fickle. They will love a player like Wayne when he’s breaking records, but when he’s injured or has a poor game, he’s tossed aside”
England fans are falling in love with the idea of Vardy, who was previously a non-league player with Fleetwood Town, making it to the European Championships and leading England to glory. Well, it doesn’t work like that. Hummels, Chiellini, Ramos and Kompany won’t care about his ‘heroic’ rise and will show him a different level of defending when facing him.
Jamie Vardy does deserve a spot on the plan, but those calling for England’s best player to be dropped are talking nonsense. I expect a manager of Hodgson’s experience knows this as well, and utilises Vardy correctly – either a super sub, or out-wide to expose slower defenders.
English fans are like no other – cynical and fickle. They will love a player like Wayne when he’s breaking records, but when he’s injured or has a poor game, he’s tossed aside for an alternative.
See Jack Wilshere for example. Arguably England’s most talented midfielder, yet because of his injury troubles people want to forget about that and let his lengthy spell out fool them into thinking he isn’t England’s best central midfielder.
England have the youth, ability and players to go far in the Euros. This is the 11 I would play in their first game… Comment below what yours would be?
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