England suffered yet another humiliating exit from a major tournament, but this time after a 2-1 loss against minnows Iceland in the round of last 16.
England were expected to come away from the game quite comfortably and reach the quarter-finals of the Euro 2016. This was seen as the minimum requirement for manager Roy Hodgson to keep his job. The former Liverpool and West Brom manager stated before the tournament that his decision to stay will be made based on the results of the Euro 2016. After being knocked out of the World Cup 2014 at the group stages, it was imperative for England to do well.
When he was demoted to the junior squad by his Spurs manager, Andros Townsend saw it as almost the end of the Euro hopes for him, but, only for the Magpies to come in the rescue and take him away to St. James Park with a bid of twelve million Pounds.
Needless to say in the situation of that deal not taking place Townsend would have been on his holidays by now, sunbathing himself somewhere and not packing his bags for making the journey to the neighbouring country France.
Love him or hate him at club level, Wayne Rooney is one of the all-time England greats. The Manchester United star has matured into a top talent on the international stage and recently surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s record goals tally of 49 goals for his country.
On his day, Rooney is almost unstoppable and, while he has lost a yard of pace in recent years, he has developed into a fantastic captain and leader – both on and off the field.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says that he can see the reasoning behind Manchester United Louis van Gaal using striker Wayne Rooney as a midfielder.
The position of the former Evertonian has been subjected to much debate throughout his career. Some regard that his best position of the pitch is playing as the number 10, but Rooney has found equal success in almost every place. His incredible workrate is a major factor behind the success, but critics also claim that being used in a number of questions has effectively spoiled his career.
Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry is of the opinion that Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney should be included in the England squad, but he admitted that the 30-year-old is no longer the first choice with the team.
Rooney has been suffering from poor form in the last two years, but it has been due to a combination of being played out of position. Since the arrival of Anthony Martial, Rooney has been asked to play in a variety of roles like an attacking midfielder or wide man. These are positions where scoring a lot of goals will be tough.
Wayne Rooney says that Manchester United’s future remains bright despite the club missing out on Champions League football for next season. After finishing only fifth in the table, United were unable to capitalise on clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea being extremely poor in the current campaign.
United went through poor patches of form at crucial stages in the season to end their hopes of qualification. Even though the club have just won the English FA Cup title, it does not compensate for the lack of a prestigious tournament like the Champions League.
English International, Wayne Rooney is finally set to pay under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United as the Portuguese tactician will be announced soon as the third coach since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
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.