The view that Wayne Rooney should be included in the England squad for every major tournament has been held for many years, in spite of the fact that he has played in tournament after tournament and England have not been able to get past the quarter-final.
It is so difficult for the national team to progress to the semi-finals and beyond because other teams simply press more effectively and finish clinically.The only way England are going to get past the quarter-finals is by defending solidly, playing on the counter and attacking with intensity to convert any chances which become available.
This is why Roy Hodgson should avoid taking Rooney to France this summer.
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Rooney's form this season of a goal almost every other game (17/40) does not lend itself to predictions of prolific finishing in France this summer.
Compare that to other strikers who Hodgson could select from and Rooney lags behind. Vardy has 24 goals in 41 games while Kane has 30 in 54. These two are heavily considered the main options for attackers this summer.
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Andy Carroll is in fantastic form with six goals in his last six games, including a hat-trick against Arsenal at Upton Park. Marcus Rashford, who is considered an outside bet for the Euros, has seven goals in 13 games since February.
It seems much more advisable to drop Rooney in order to take these strikers and maximize England's chances of scoring what could be a winning goal on the break.
Some argue that regardless of these statistics, the Manchester United forward can play an indispensable role in midfield, yet Rooney's passing accuracy was reported as falling to as low as 55% in October's Manchester derby. Compared to others who will almost certainly be picked for other teams competing at Euro 2016, this statistic is even worse than it looks.
French midfield maestro Paul Pogba has an average passing accuracy of 83%, Germany's Toni Kroos has an average of 94% while Cristiano Ronaldo combines a passing accuracy of 79% with 31 goals in 34 La Liga appearances.
In spite of presenting himself as an equal to these great players and commanding wages of £300,000-a-week, statistics show that Rooney is nowhere near as good in terms of goals or passing accuracy. It is, therefore, difficult to imagine him controlling a game from midfield in the latter stages of the tournament. B
By contrast, Dele Alli's persistence caused the German national team serious problems in a recent friendly between the two teams. Hodgson's men were 2-0 down but managed to secure an impressive 3-2 win thanks to goals from Kane, Vardy and Eric Dier.
Unfortunately, Rooney's impact on the team did not improve in the 2014 World Cup, as England finished bottom of their group with only one point.
The hope that Rooney will, at some point, produce an amazing series of performances which push the national team towards a trophy and form the basis of continued calls for his selection, have been shown by prior tournaments as just that. A hope with no basis in reality.
Therefore, it is essential that Rooney is dropped from the England team in order to improve our chances in France.
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