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Rooney should start for England, insists Sheringham

Teddy Sheringham believes Wayne Rooney must start for England at Euro 2016 – and he reckons the forward would make a “fantastic foil” for Harry Kane.

Despite being England’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals, and having helped the national team reach the European Championship in France with a perfect record in qualifying, Rooney’s place in the starting XI has become a topic of debate.

Without their captain due to a knee injury, Roy Hodgson’s side rallied from 2-0 down to record a 3-2 victory over Germany on Saturday. Kane, as well as fellow forward Jamie Vardy, scored in the game in Berlin.

Yet Sheringham – who won 51 caps for England – believes Rooney should go straight back into the team once he has fully recovered from ligament damage.

“Wayne Rooney should start for England without a doubt. He’s the England captain,” he told Squawka.

“Kane has come on the scene and is demanding he plays with what he’s producing – and I believe Rooney would be a fantastic foil for Kane.

“Kane is now an out-and-out No. 9 and Rooney is an off-the-front player, so I think they would accommodate each other perfectly. They would work well in tandem.

“Dele Alli is a midfielder who gets forward and Rooney is a forward who comes off the front, so you can fit them in the same team with no problem whatsoever. It wouldn’t be like playing Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard together.”

Tue 29 Mar, 2016
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