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Ian Wright claims two youngsters are perfect to replace Wayne Rooney

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Amidst all the clamour for Wayne Rooney to be dropped, it's easy to forget the impact he's made for club and country over the last decade or so.

With 53 goals, Rooney leads the way as England's all-time leading goalscorer. Nonetheless, England's boo-boys have got their way, with Gareth Southgate demoting the skipper to the bench for tonight's game against Slovenia, and rightly so after another woeful performance in the Malta game.

Yet, if this is the beginning of the end of the 30-year-old's international career, it does raise one big question - who is going to fill the void once the veteran does step aside?

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Fortunately, England aren't short of options in attack, with swathes of players vying for a place right now. After all, that's partly why Rooney could no longer justify his place.

And former England hero Ian Wright has named the two players who, together, can form a formidable partnership to replace Rooney - Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli.

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Wright used his column in the Sun to hail the duo as some of the "brightest young talents in the game".

"I know Rashford won’t start in Slovenia, but it is only a matter of time before he is a regular," he writes.

"I’d love to see England playing him up top, as a genuine No 9, with Dele just in behind and pulling all the strings.

"Rashford just doesn’t seem to have any fear, whoever’s in front of him.

Bags of ability 

"Likewise, Dele is fantastic to watch – confident, cocky, full of self-belief, and bags of ability."

Alli certainly lived up to the hype with the second goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over Malta, even if Rashford could have done with more time to make an impact after coming on as a sub.

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"Dele is 20 and Rashford only 18, so while Wayne is at one end of the road, they’re taking their first footballing steps," Wright added.

"There is absolutely no reason why they can’t become a genuine force, a partnership as good as any around. And if that doesn’t leave you rubbing your hands in anticipation, I don’t know what will.

"Just one thing, though . . . don’t expect Wayne Rooney to step aside and go quietly."

Should Wayne Rooney still be a regular for England? Should he even be playing for Manchester United? Have your say in the comments. 

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