Wayne Rooney must start in midfield this summer for England

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With the start of England's Euro 2016 campaign just two weeks away, many fans are eager to see what role skipper Wayne Rooney will have in the team. 

With Harry Kane winning the Golden Boot and Jamie Vardy coming a close second, having lead Leicester City to a historic title, the argument arises that Rooney should not start ahead of them at the Euros.

The England skipper has seen his goals tally descend in recent years, and has more recently seen his role as a striker taken over by the likes of Anthony Martial and even more recently, 18-year-old, Marcus Rashford. 


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People have always questioned the role of Rooney as a striker and have said he is more effective playing just behind, in a number 10 role. His willingness to work hard for the team and have the ball at his feet has seen him drift in-and-out of his position.

His style of play has been positively highlighted in recent games, as Louis van Gaal has put him in a central midfield role. His eagerness to have the ball at his feet suits his game, as it's obvious he does not possess the pace he once did. 

With Tottenham's midfield duo of Eric Dier and Dele Alli more than certain to start in England's opener against Russia, there will be one more place left in the three man midfield and based on recent performances, it should be given to Rooney.

With Jack Wilshere edging closer to full fitness game by game, he still is not showing glimpses of what he is capable of and with the Euros approaching fast, an alternative must be found instead of rushing him back in.

Rooney's performance in the central role of late has lead to many urging Hodgson to start him with both Dier and Alli, which would lead to both Kane and Vardy up top with either Raheem Sterling or Adam Lallana making up the front three.

His performance in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace epitomised the hunger and desire we have become accustomed to over the years. His hunger to chase back and win tackles, especially the way in which he dealt with the pace of Wilfried Zaha outlined his ability to do the dirty work yet keep composed, something he has not perfected in the past which lead to numerous red cards and bans.

His desire to run with the ball was also on show; something which lead to Juan Mata's equaliser, following an ambitious driven run by Rooney through the heart of Palace's team. 

With performances like this mixed in with his role as the captain of the side, it is essential Rooney starts in the three man midfield. England cannot afford to drop the pace of Vardy and play safe during the tournament. With a unique mix of talent at Hodgson's disposal, he must take a step into the deep end and ensure the trio of Rooney, Vardy and Kane are on the pitch.

As with any tournament, It will be a challenge to win it. However, with a fit and focused Wayne Rooney dictating the play in the middle, England can be seen to have a glimmer of hope, a hope which can be argued transcends from the success of Leicester City.

If their ambition can win the Premier League, there is no doubt Rooney's ambition in the middle can win England the Euros. 

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