Rightly or wrongly, it’s fair to say that Wayne Rooney doesn’t have a reputation for being particularly eloquent - so it was a little surprising when the Manchester United and England captain was named as ITV’s special guest ahead of Tuesday night’s international friendly against the Netherlands.
The 30-year-old is currently out injured and an increasing number of England fans believe the Three Lions’ skipper shouldn’t be allowed to walk back into Roy Hodgson’s starting line-up unless his form improves between now and the end of the season - particularly after watching how well England performed without the national team’s all-time top scorer during Saturday’s 3-2 win over Germany in Berlin.
Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy were both on the scoresheet at the Olympiastadion and the majority of England supporters, it seems, now believe the in-form duo deserve to be ahead of Rooney in the pecking order.
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But does Rooney, once he hangs up his boots, have a future in pundit?
It’s fair to not everyone on Twitter was convinced. Check out these tweets…
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Rooney did, however, make people laugh by revealing that his eldest son, Kai, wants an England shirt with ‘Vardy’ on the back.
But then he made people angry again by calling Danny Drinkwater “Drinky”…
Rooney on competition for places
Rooney was asked how he feels about the additional competition for places in the England team - and the centre-forward insists he sees it as a positive, rather than a negative.
“It’s great that the competition is there,” Rooney said, before adding: “It hasn’t always been there.”
Indeed, since 2004, Rooney’s position in the England starting line-up has been a given due to the lack of competition.
Now, though, he has the likes of Kane, Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck all breathing down his neck.
“I think it excites me,” Rooney added on the additional competition he faces. “Obviously, the decision is Roy Hodgson’s, but I want to be [at Euro 2016].
Rooney back in less than two weeks
Rooney also confirmed that he should be back in training in less than two weeks.
"Hopefully, if everything goes to plan – I’m back outside running now – I’m hoping to be in full training in the next week or 10 days, so not too far away," he added.
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