Matt Dunham/Associated Press
Former England international Gary Lineker believes current Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson must consider omitting Wayne Rooney from his starting XI in the World Cup, reports Sam Wallace of The Independent.
The BBC Match of the Day presenter, who played in the 1986 and 1990 World Cup finals, claims that Daniel Sturridge should be considered as the lead striker for England.
And Lineker is quoted as saying:
But then you’ve got the conundrum; if Sturridge is up top in the system, where do you play Wayne Rooney? Wayne can play anywhere. He can play on the right, he can play on the left, he can even play a forward midfield role.
But the question then is, ‘Have you better players in those particular positions than Wayne Rooney?’
We’ve got all sorts of options. You could have [Raheem] Sterling playing on one side, the possibility of [Adam] Lallana playing on either side, [Danny] Welbeck, of course, which has been favoured by Roy in his teams and you’d expect him to play on the left-hand side because he covers a lot of ground.
So it will be interesting to see which way Roy Hodgson goes. Or whether he sets back to that old way we played two years ago against Italy, with two lines of four, Rooney and someone else up top. So all sorts of possibilities. It will be fascinating to see which way he goes.
Meanwhile, former Uruguay international Gus Poyet has warned England to be wary of the dark arts of his countrymen in the World Cup, reports Mike Walters of the Daily Mirror.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has returned to light training with Uruguay after knee surgery, claims Phil Cadden of the Daily Star.