Sweating on his place.

Roy Hodgson has Wayne Rooney decision to make ahead of Euros

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The recent internationals have whetted everyone's appetite for the European Championships and in pubs and offices up and down the country there is only one talking point. Who will make the cut?

One name the debate will almost certainly focus on is Wayne Rooney - England's captain and record scorer. Over a hundred caps and five tournaments is the kind of experience Roy Hodgson may want around the squad this summer, but does his form and fitness guarantee a starting place, or even inclusion at all?

Assuming Hodgson takes the usual balance in the squad there will only be five spaces for attackers this summer. Looking at form over this season two of the spaces will surely be taken by Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy. Both have had more efficient seasons in front of goal as Rooney and both have looked comfortable on the big stage in recent friendlies.


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If we also look in terms of goals-per-minute on the pitch this season, Daniel Sturridge is also head and shoulders ahead of Rooney too. He is a favourite of Hodgson's and possibly England's most naturally gifted forward player. However, he is another that has struggled for fitness recently and is still not being risked by Jurgen Klopp for ninety minutes.

Daniel Welbeck has also timed a return to fitness in time for the Euros. Another Hodgson favourite who has often struggled to be prolific for club (often played out of position on the wing), but in an England shirt he has come good on a number of occasions with crucial goals.

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That leaves one place available.

There has been a push for Marcus Rashford to be fast tracked into the squad, but this may be a tournament too early for the Manchester United youngster.

Jermain Defoe is back among the goals in Sunderland's relegation fight, but it has been a while since he last appeared in an England shirt. The same is true for Andy Carroll and he is also struggling to get a regular start at West Ham United. 

This therefore leaves Rooney in a straight fight with Arsenal forward Theo Walcott for the last attacking berth and if the United man regains fitness over the last month of the season he will probably just get the nod.

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