Rooney Can't Be Trusted To Stop Pirlo...

Wayne Rooney's central role is under threat once more, this time from Danny Welbeck, who represents England's best chance of snuffing out Andrea Pirlo, says Ian Watson...

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yeboahhhhh (Leeds United) says...

Agree with the point about Rooney. As talented as he may be, positional discipline is not his strength. Playing him on the left of the advanced midfield three could be the best option (without changing what seems to be the favoured 4-2-3-1 system). He can then play almost a free role, whether justified or not. Sterling would be the man to play the number 10 role for me. Ok, not as experienced as Welbeck. But he offers the same qualities (pace, discipline) with the added form and quality that Welbeck doesn't.

Posted 11:29am 13th June 2014

bobby canada (Liverpool) says...

Haha, Oh England, You sorry half-wits. Ye just don't deserve Rooney, and to think he was eligible for Ireland, where he would have been adored and excelled!

Posted 5:45pm 12th June 2014

chelseablue_no1 (Chelsea) says...

What's with all the Lallana praise, he's played 6 times for England and as yet failed to assist in any goals or create any chances, now he's England's saviour to stop Pirlo.

Posted 12:48pm 12th June 2014

HarryBoulton says...

What cozens said. Why worry too much? Be aware, yes, but let's not tailor our game to merely stopping Italy, and Pirlo. We have the players to hurt the Italians massively.

Posted 12:01pm 12th June 2014

zingthemerciles (Brighton and Hove Albion) says...

What a load of rubbish. Nobody was given the job to do last time and then somehow Rooney did it badly. What? Rooney doesn't have the discipline to do the job but also somehow doesn't have the engine? So essentially you accuse him of running around like a headless chicken and also of not being able to run around enough. There is no point being brave and picking a squad full of exciting attacking youngsters then sending them out to be disciplined and defensive to grind out results...let them attack the Italians and see how we get on. This isn't even a particularly amazing Italy side, we dont need to give them too much respect.

Posted 11:06am 12th June 2014

cozens says...

I'd like to see Roy be brave and pick a side to attack Italy. Make Pirlo defend. Sounds easy on paper, I know, but why not ? Gerrard and Henderson, with Barkley in front of them. Lallana and Rooney either side of Sturridge. Sterling to be let loose after 60 mins to run at the Italians.

Posted 1:17pm 11th June 2014

UltimaRed (Liverpool) says...

as suggested I would probably go with a midfield 3 of Gerrard, Wilshere and Henderson then give the dirty job to Henderson, it gives the same relentlessness as Welbeck but adds more creativity to find Rooney/Sturridge/Lallana

Posted 12:04pm 11th June 2014

arexrarris (Liverpool) says...

Keep seeing "England were outclassed against Italy" or "Italy were wasteful". Err, no. England employed tactics made famous BY Italy in the past, to great effect. Having 18 shots on target and not scoring is not indicative of wastefulness (indeed, F365 often quote shots off target as being reflective of wastefulness, but plenty of shots ON target without scoring as illustrative of many speculative shots). Had England actually gone one down, then they may have shown a Plan B and come back and scored, but they didn't need to. Had England won the shootout then they would be praised for their defensive resolve and good tactics, which is why it's folly to criticise them for their general play when their failure was in the shoot-out.

Posted 11:33am 11th June 2014

quoasis (Liverpool) says...

The only way Rooney could do it would be to kick him in the first minute.

Posted 11:07am 11th June 2014

bolak (Leyton Orient) says...

What's the problem with wazza marking prilo? Wazza's passion for the three lions will see him do a gantastic job on the italian.

Posted 10:21am 11th June 2014

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