Wayne Rooney can destroy Uruguay, says Paul Scholes

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Wayne Rooney can "destroy" Uruguay if he is used in his best position and played up front, according to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.

The Old Trafford great was speaking in his column for bookmaker Paddy Power when he urged Roy Hodgson to take Rooney off the left of the attacking three in midfield, where he operated in the defeat to Italy, and move him to the central striker position.

England's best player?

Scholes believes the 28-year-old is the Three Lions best striker and that the England manager will not get the best out of his team until he moves Daniel Sturridge out of the middle and allows Rooney to play his natural game.

"I’ve read that Rooney stayed for extra shooting practice after training with England on Monday. It doesn’t surprise me," said the now retired midfielder.

"That’s standard Wayne – he’d be out all day and you’d have to drag him in. But I’ll say it again, Wayne has to play up front. Rio Ferdinand and Alan Shearer have repeated it on the BBC.

"Play our best goalscorer in his best position and he’ll get goals. His record at international level supports that. It’s not rocket science."

In the aftermath of England's 2-1 defeat to Italy in their opening fixture of the tournament, Rooney was on the receiving end of some criticism for his display and especially for missing a decent opportunity to level the scores in the second half.

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However, he was the only player to manage to find any space in the Azzurri box and he also provided the assist for Sturridge's equaliser with a delightful inch-perfect cross, so perhaps the criticism was overboard.

One legitimate criticism was with regards to his defensive duties, as Leighton Baines was continually exposed by Antonio Candreva on the Italy right, though the Everton left-back had a nightmare evening and that did not change much even in the second half when Danny Welbeck and Rooney switch flanks.

This was partly down to England's tactics and it appeared as though Hodgson was prepared to take some risks in order for his side to play a more attacking game - on another day the Three Lions would have won comfortably.

Scholes is right

Scholes is right about England's use of Rooney and this was backed up by the fact that, although Raheem Sterling rightly won many plaudits for a terrific performance, they scored and came closest to doing so again when the Manchester United man was finding space and being given the ball in dangerous areas.

He is a willing runner and will work extremely hard for the team when asked to do a job anywhere on the field but, despite Sterling's impressive performance, Rooney is still England's best player and the only way to get the best out of a side is to set up in a way to get the best out of your best player - Hodgson needs to put him through the middle.

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