Former England captain David Beckham believes that Wayne Rooney is still the main man for the Three Lions ahead of Euro 2016 this summer.
Rooney has had a disappointing campaign for Manchester United this season and is currently sidelined for up to two months with a knee injury.
With both Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy leading the Premier League goalscoring charts, many believe that Rooney should be left out of England’s starting 11 for their opening fixture against Russia on June 11.
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However, Beckham, who played 115 times for his country, insists that Rooney should still be considered as England’s main man.
“Without a doubt. He is our captain and the most experienced player we have got,” Beckham told TalkSport.
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“When everyone is fit that's what it is all about, it's all about having options and if you have a fit Wayne Rooney he should start because he has that experience and players respect him.
“We all love the way Wayne Rooney plays the game and especially when he plays for England because you can tell he cares.
“And the thing you will get with Wayne is not just the hard work and everything he does but he scores in big games.
“So he will give everything but it's great to have options.”
Rooney has scored just seven Premier League goals this campaign, while Vardy and Kane have 19 and 16 respectively.
Also, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck have both made comebacks from injuries and have scored upon their return in recent weeks.
But Rooney, who is the current captain of the Three Lions, broke the all-time goalscoring record last year and has now got 51 goals in 109 appearances for his country, which means Roy Hodgson is likely to start with the 30-year-old.
Beckham on Alli
Beckham also gave his opinion on 19-year-old Dele Alli who has impressed for Spurs in the Premier League this season.
Alli has scored seven goals in 24 league appearances and looks certain to be rewarded with a place in Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016.
The wonderkid's performances have certainly caught Beckham’s eye and the former Manchester United midfielder praised the England manager for giving young players like Alli a chance.
“I have been really impressed by Dele Alli. He has had a great season at Spurs,” he said.
“It is great to see young players coming through and playing with the enjoyment that you want them to play with.
“It is what Roy done so well - he has brought so many young players into the squad and given them the chance to play on the biggest stage.”