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Wayne Rooney during Euro 2016.

Time for England to move on from Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney has been a magnificent servant for English football and will go down in history as one of the country's all time greats, but it's now time to move on and begin a new era, an era without Wayne Rooney.

A fresh start under Sam Allardyce calls for change, and the new boss must begin with relieving Rooney of the captaincy, which in turn, removes the obligation to include him in any future squads.

The 30-year-old is clearly past his best as a striker, and does not impact the game anywhere nearly as much from a deeper lying position, and, despite being England's all time top goalscorer, a certain ruthlessness must be shown in selection if England are to progress under Allardyce.

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There is no time or room for reminiscence and the reality is that Rooney is no longer England's best player, nor even the best in his position. There is too much younger talent that needs developing and exposure to international football.

Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, and Marcus Rashford have plenty of peak years ahead of them and need the time and experience to flourish and develop together in order for England to avoid further embarrassment in future tournaments.

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Rooney should not go to the World Cup in 2018 and thus a new captain must be appointed now to allow for a settling in period rather than playing under Rooney for the near future and then being thrust into the role far too close to the biggest tournament in the world. 

Fresh faces must be included in the squad in the coming months and players that have been resting on their laurels due to the bizarre selections made by Roy Hodgson need to step up or be excluded.

Time and time again Hodgson ignored form and selected players on their reputation, notably Jack Wilshere and Rooney himself. 

England Training Session - UEFA Euro 2016

Allardyce is not likely to follow this trend and will give players that have been long deserving their shot in the international arena. Mark Noble, Big Sam's ex-player at West Ham United, is one that is long due a chance to show what he can do, and may very well turn out to be an asset to England in the same way that former teammate Scott Parker was a few years back. 

Gone are the days that Rooney can be mentioned amongst the elite of world football in terms of production on the pitch, and that is all that should matter at the end of the day.

There are plenty of squad members with leadership experience, including Joe Hart and Gary Cahill, both of whom have captained England and would certainly not let their country down if called upon. 

The bottom line is, as nice as Rooney's stats look, his tenure in the England side has been defined by embarrassing tournament failure, and it's time that stigma got removed, starting with his exclusion from the squad sooner rather than later. 

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Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Paul Scholes
Jack Wilshere
Manchester United
Euro 2016
England Football
Football
Daniel Sturridge
David Beckham
Sam Allardyce

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