Wayne Rooney performance against West Ham divides opinion

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With Roy Hodgson sitting in the stands at Upton Park watching the clash between West Ham and Manchester United, many players knew they needed to impress the boss of the national side.

Hodgson revealed he has delayed naming his 23-man squad for Euro 2016 until Monday, meaning players have less than one week to make any final impressions.

One of those players that still need to impress to be guaranteed a place in England’s starting XI for their opening fixture against Russia is captain Wayne Rooney.


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With Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy scoring 49 goals between them in the Premier League this season, Rooney’s selection as a striker is in doubt.

However, in recent weeks, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has deployed him in a central midfield position.

The 30-year-old has put in a number of decent displays in that role in recent weeks as he helped his side reach the FA Cup final while they also have a chance of achieving a top-four finish.

But the qualify for next season’s Champions League, they desperately needed to beat West Ham at the Boleyn Ground. However, in the first-half, they were easily the second-best team with the Hammers unlucky not to be more than 1-0 up.

They improved in the second period and equalised through Anthony Martial's goal. Martial then put his side 2-1 up before goals from Michail Antonio and Winston Reid gave the Hammers the three points.

While United were far from convincing during the 90 minutes, it was Rooney’s performance that was heavily criticised on Twitter.

Many slated the former Everton man for attempting, and failing, to complete numerous long-range passes with people claiming he’s trying to play like his former teammate - Paul Scholes.

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However, there were some who were impressed with Rooney's performance.

Rooney will have to compete against the likes of Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier and James Milner if he wants a midfield position for the Three Lions.

Rooney has struggled for form throughout this campaign, scoring just seven goals in 25 league appearances in a disappointing campaign for the Red Devils.

Last month, he insisted that he has the ability to make that midfield role his own.

"I've known for a few years. I have played there a few times throughout my career and I can play that position,” he told Sky Sports.

"I have played and watched Paul Scholes play that role for years and I always knew that one day that is where I would play, so I have tried to learn and watch what he did.

"It is still early days, but hopefully, if I keep playing there, I can develop and get better,” he added.

His performance certainly divided opinion but it's remains to be seen what Hodgson thinks of Rooney in that role.

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