Sam Allardyce explains how Mourinho could influence Wayne Rooney's England future

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After what was a fairly disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, England are looking ahead to a future under the leadership of Sam Allardyce.

Just what that leadership will look like is unclear at this early stage, but there has been some talk that the former Sunderland manager could make a significant statement by removing Wayne Rooney as captain.

And, with further talk about whether the nation's all-time top scorer even has a role to play in the starting XI, Allardyce addressed the issue during his Monday evening press conference. There, the new England boss actually claimed Rooney's England future hinges on the decision making of his Old Trafford boss, Jose Mourinho.


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“I think Jose will determine that," Allardyce said, via The Sun.

"If Jose says he is not going to play him in centre-midfield and he is playing up front and scoring goals for Manchester United then it would be pointless me bringing him into England and playing him in centre-midfield.”

Rooney, of course, played in centre-midfield in the latter stages of Louis van Gaal's United tenure and carried on that role for Roy Hodgson as England stuttered to an embarrassing second round defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.

Mourinho himself has previously gone on record to say that Rooney will not play in midfield in the upcoming season, so that would suggest that Rooney's England future would involve a return to his more traditional attacking role.

Whether the 30-year-old Liverpudlian would still get into the Three Lions starting lineup as a striker at this stage of his career is unclear.

Despite their lacklustre collective efforts in France over the summer, England do appear to be blessed with more attacking talent than they have had at their disposal for several years.

The likes of Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and Rooney's United teammate Marcus Rashford would all be competing with the current England captain for what could well only be one spot up front.

As a result, if Mourinho holds true to his word and pushes Rooney further forward once again, it could leave Allardyce with a tough decision to make having now effectively ruled out playing him in midfield.

Nevertheless, despite uncertainty surrounding his future at the international level, the new England boss did make it clear that Rooney still has a big part to play under his management:

"I still think Wayne Rooney has a massive part to play in the England side," he said. “I don’t think there is any doubt about that."

Just what part that is could potentially be decided not only by Allardyce, but by Mourinho too.

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