Wayne Rooney has been left fearing for his place in England's Euro 2016 squad after a disastrous start to both his and Manchester United's season, reports The Times.
The 30-year-old found himself on the bench for United's Boxing Day clash against Stoke City and failed to make an impact on proceedings following his introduction in the second half. They lost the game 2-0.
Rooney looks set to reclaim his place in the starting XI for Monday's game against Chelsea, but few punters will be backing him to score. Indeed, the club captain has scored just two Premier League goals all season and has shown no signs of emerging from a dark spell of form.
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Meanwhile, both Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane have been firing for Leicester and Tottenham respectively with the former currently leading the golden boot race with 15 goals and the latter scoring ten in his last nine games.
To make matters worse, England manager Roy Hodgson openly admitted that he could no longer guarantee a place in the squad for Rooney, despite the fact that he remains the captain. On current form, it would be no surprise to see him left out of the team altogether.
Although Rooney is thankful for the prominent role Louis van Gaal has entrusted to him, a source has told the same report that he is feeling "immense pressure" at Old Trafford as he continues to take the brunt for both his poor form as well as the team's.
The burden of responsibility has given Rooney too much to worry about and may have only served to degrade his performances on the pitch. Most worrying, there appears to be no way out for him.
Having played at the top end of the game for over a decade already, Rooney appears to be nearing the end of his time at the elite level. At 30-years-old, this summer may represent the final chance to make an impact at a major international tournament.
Since Euro 2004, where he scored four goals in as an 18-year-old, he has scored just twice in subsequent World Cups and European Championships.