Former England international Kieron Dyer has told the East Anglian Daily Times that Wayne Rooney is the only world class player in the national side.
Dyer made 33 appearances for his country which included being selected by Sven Goran Eriksson for the 2002 World cup in South Korea and Japan.
The former international believes that the England skipper, Steven Gerrard, is past the peak of his powers and can no longer be considered an elite midfielder along with team-mate Frank Lampard.
"How many world-class players have we really got? Frank (Lampard) and Steven Gerrard were both world class, but I’m not sure if they are both world-class now."
"I’d say (Wayne) Rooney is probably our only player you could put in that bracket. And you’re not going to win the World Cup with just one world-class player.”
Their have been calls for England forward Wayne Rooney not to be selected in the starting XI against Italy in Manaus.
Even former team mate Paul Scholes has come out and said that the 28 year old is past his best, a claim Rooney denies.
The claim by Scholes is hard to support as the striker was the top goalscorer during England's qualifying campaign for the World Cup.
He was also one of the shining lights in a dark season for Manchester United finishing their top goalscorer last season, which included the contender for goal of the season against West Ham.
Dyer does not agree with Scholes and does not understand the people who suggests the striker should be dropped.
"If Wayne only gets 12 to 15 touches of the ball in a game then how is going to be able to influence it?“
"He scored a lot of goals in qualifying and is still out best player, without doubt. I just don’t get it when I hear people saying he should be dropped.”
Another former Manchester United player, Gary Neville, may have revealed the tactics for the game against Italy.
Dyer concludes that England should not look to dominate the possession stats, but dominate on the counterattack, similar to Real Madrid's Champions League final win against Bayen Munich
"England are not a team that is going to dominate possession, especially against sides like Italy and Uruguay".
"Just look at Real Madrid and the way they beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League. They can’t have had more than 35% of possession, but they were able to pick off Bayern with their pace and power.”
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