Roy Hodgson is crossing his fingers Wayne Rooney can hit a rich vein of form for Manchester United, so England can get the benefit.
Although Rooney started the World Cup double-header in fine form, skippering his country in a competitive game for the first time, and also scoring twice in the 5-0 win over San Marino, he ended it in disappointing fashion as he was shunted into a wide role so Manchester United team-mate Tom Cleverley could switch inside. And when that did not work, Rooney was replaced.
Hodgson does not feel there is too much wrong with Rooney at present, and if the 26-year-old can click into gear for his club, so much the better. And he said: "I don't get an awful lot of time with them so if he's playing as well for Manchester United as he was before we played Poland we will be trying to tap into it."
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