Shearer: Rooney still has a ‘massive part to play’

Date published: Thursday 6th October 2016 8:52

Former England captain Alan Shearer believes Wayne Rooney still “has a massive part to play” for club and country.

Rooney has come in for criticism of late, with his performances claimed to be holding back both England and Manchester United.

The 30-year-old has dropped to the bench for United’s last three fixtures, while there is a clamour for the same to happen with the Three Lions.

The England captain is expected to start Gareth Southgate’s first game as interim manager against Malta on Saturday – although we would also like to see Rashford, Walcott and movement please, Gareth.

According to Shearer however, Rooney “still has a hell of a lot to offer”.

“Jose hasn’t played him centre forward as of yet, he has played Ibra, with him perhaps just in behind or on the right side of midfield,” he said.

“He still has a massive part to play, there is no doubt about it.

“I think, by his own admission, he certainly isn’t as quick as he once was but that happens to everyone, you don’t need anyone to tell you that is the case.

“He will know that and probably gets fed up of people reminding him of that, but he still has a hell of a lot to offer.

“Someone has to come and take his spot, grab his spot.

“First and foremost, he has to start and play for Manchester United or otherwise he might not get in that England team.”

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