Wayne Rooney is in a battle to earn a starting place for England’s European Championship campaign this summer.
Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have scored 21 and 19 Premier League goals respectively and many believe that these two strikers should be given the nod above Rooney.
The Manchester United star has the ability to play between the strikers but with the impressive performances of 19-year-old Dele Alli mean that he faces stiff competition for that position too.
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Rooney has been sidelined with a knee injury for the last month and missed the Three Lions’ 3-2 victory over Germany last week.
This prompted question marks surrounding Rooney’s international future with the captain’s place in the starting XI seriously in doubt.
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Need to impress his kids
But it’s not just Hodgson that Rooney needs to impress.
That’s because Rooney is no longer the favourite striker in his household amongst his children.
“One of my lads asked me today for an England kit with Vardy on the back,” he told ITV, whilst featuring as a pundit during England’s 2-1 defeat to Netherlands.
“The impact he has had in the Premier League and now for England is great for English football and hopefully, he can continue that for England.”
We reckon the cheeky son is likely to be the eldest, Kai.
Kai, who was born in 2009, has already been a bit rebellious when it comes to wearing football shirts.
Last month, Rooney posted a picture on his Twitter showing Kai wearing an Aston Villa shirt rather than an Everton or Manchester United strip.
Considering their abysmal campaign, it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear Kai is no longer a Villain.
Whilst his decision to wear a Villa shirt can be questioned, the desire to wear an England top sporting Vary's name is perfectly understandable.
Vardy on fire
Vardy’s goals have led his Leicester side to the top of the league and on the brink of completing a 5000/1 shot by winning the title.
He has also appeared to emulate his magnificent domestic form on the international stage by scoring a brilliant back heel goal against Germany last Saturday before another strike against Netherlands.
Lead his nation to glory
Rooney’s place in the starting line-up may be under threat, but his place in the 23-man squad is a certainty - barring an injury.
The 30-year-old will skipper England in France this summer and is desperate for to help his nation win their first major trophy for 50 years.
“I have seen my team-mates come through and do it in the past and I have always wanted to captain my country so to do it at a major tournament will be a huge honour and I am looking forward to it and excited,” he said.
“I believe we genuinely have a chance of doing well in this and hopefully, I can be the one to lead us.”
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