It would be fair to say that the last 12 months or so haven't been the easiest for Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney, but he remains the best player for both.
The long-running transfer saga this summer ended with Rooney staying at Manchester United and David Moyes will be delighted for that.
The fact that the club never even considered the £40million plus bids for Rooney shows how highly the former Everton man is valued at Old Trafford.
Nobody else in world football mixes sheer strength and skill in the same way.
He's like a boxer with the power of a heavyweight and the footwork of a featherweight.
Sunday's Premier League defeat at Liverpool showed Rooney in his best light, and he wasn't even playing.
With his horror gash to the head, the 27-year-old watched from the stands as United lacked impetus, and a few days earlier against Chelsea, Rooney was the only player from either side who looked remotely dangerous.
It's the same scenario with England, you look at his absence then look at the replacements and panic.
I think we lack someone who can pick the ball up and drive through the heart of the defence.
Steven Gerrard could've done that a few years ago but he is maturing into a deeper role, I still don't see Jack Wilshere taking the game by the scruff of the neck, not offensively anyway.
With the arrival of Robin van Persie to United last year it forced Rooney deeper or wider at times, and while he may not appreciate being moved out of his favoured centre-forward position and it's probably why Chelsea interested him, I still feel it is his best position.
With someone like Rooney, you want him to have as much of the ball as possible and a supporting striker role will provide him that.
He can be the link between wingers and the strikers, the glue if you will, whereas RVP wouldn't be able to do that effectively.
At the same time Van Persie is probably a better finisher and thats why he is there.
With England he is the best of both and therefore has to take on a wider load which makes some people think he is ineffective, but he isn't, he just has to help out his teammates a little more.
Some people will never change their opinion of Rooney, and they are fully entitled to them.
However in years to come when he retires, those same people will look back and that phrase 'you don't know what you have till its gone' will pop up.
Wayne Rooney along with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard remain the only world-class England players available for selection.
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