Many fans and pundits have been quick to write off Wayne Rooney’s chances of playing a part for England at Euro 2016, with the Manchester United star not hitting the same heights as in previous years. A recent two month lay-off due to a knee injury may have denied Rooney the opportunity to convince his doubters that he still has the quality to make a real impact in France, but Roy Hodgson has adamantly stated that the nation’s captain is an integral part of his squad due to his leadership qualities and the array of skills he brings to the table.
The staunch backing received from his manager would suggest that Rooney will not only be part of the 23-man squad that travels to Euro 2016 in the hope of surpassing their darkhorse tag with Bookies.com, but also be the leading figure that England need when they walk out onto the pitch.
Manchester United made their way through the finals of the FA Cup after having defeated Everton with a scoreboard of 2-1 and they are now one step closer of sealing the piece of silverware that Manchester United has not won since the season of 2003-04.
Louis van Gaal and his men are now in the finals of the English competition and will be facing off with Crystal Palace on May 21. Wayne Rooney is certain that if his team is able to win this competition and become the new champions of the FA Cup, it can push Manchester United to a title winning generation of young players.
Jesse Lingard says that striker Wayne Rooney is likely to resume training after the international break.
The star striker has been available for Manchester United in the last month. His last appearance was in the 2-1 loss against Sunderland in the middle of February. He has been unable to play because of a knee injury. In his absence, United have made some good progress in the league table and have recently confirmed this with a derby win against Manchester City. 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game in the 1-0 win.
The Dutch coach of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal was clearly frustrated about the defeat that his team suffered against West Bromwich Albion and after the match reached it’s end, it didn’t take long for Louis van Gaal to voice his thoughts about what happened in the game and he believes that the crucial moment of the entire game was Juan Mata’s dismissal after having received his 2nd yellow card in the first half.
Wayne Rooney has admitted that the team needs to score more goals if they are to win football matches on a regular basis.
Once Manchester United were regarded as the epic tome of attacking football when it comes to the Premier League. However, they have barely managed to score more than a goal per game under the regime of Louis Van Gaal. This was not significantly better than the previous regime under David Moyes. The failure to score goals has been the club go on a run of five matches without a win in all competitions.
Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes that people should not just look up to Wayne Rooney as a striker whose main job is to score goals.
Instead, he sees several good qualities within the former Everton striker that would help the team in several aspects. Jones was speaking ahead of the international friendly matches for England. After having comfortably qualified for the Euro 2016, the team will be looking to march ahead in style by winning the friendly matches as well. These matches also provide manager Roy Hodgson with the option of testing out some new players.
England star Wayne Rooney says that he remains confident of breaking the scoring record for the national team.
The record is currently held by Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton. The former Manchester United striker scored 49 goals during his iconic England career. It was a great achievement back then since the number of the international matches was not so large. Rooney has scored 48 goals till date and could potentially go level with Charlton’s record in September. England have a match against San Marino, which is expected to be a walk in the park.