Matt Le Tissier: Roy Hodgson shouldn’t include Wayne Rooney in England’s starting XI

by Tanveer Arayan

Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier believes Wayne Rooney should not be an automatic pick for Roy Hodgson’s England side at this summer’s European Championships.

Manchester United striker Rooney is currently injured but he should be back in action ahead of the Euros.

Hodgson recently revealed that Rooney is guaranteed to be on the plane for France in the summer if fit. However, Le Tissier insisted that Hodgson should think twice about including the 30-year-old in his starting XI.

“At the moment Wayne would not get in my team. That is based on form,” Le Tissier said.

“You also have to take into consideration the fact that when he’s been injured in the past, he’s not been great at coming back and hitting form straight away. The spell he’s been out now is starting to be a little bit extended, and you have to wonder what form he will be in.

“At the moment, based on what I’ve seen this season, I wouldn’t say that he does get in the side.

“Roy is very loyal to his players, and Wayne is his captain. In my world he probably wouldn’t get in, but in Roy’s world if he’s fit I think he’ll play.”

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Rooney had a 2015 to forget but he was arguably United’s best player at the turn of the year prior to his injury.

His experience at the highest level and the fact that he is England’s record goalscorer will stand him in good stead but the form of players such as Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy is hard to look past. In any case, Rooney has to think about getting back into the United side first following his return to fitness.

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