Wayne Rooney: 'I Have Never Said My Place Is Guaranteed'

Posted: Jun 16 2014, 4:53am CDT | by , in Latest Sports News


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Wayne Rooney: 'I Have Never Said My Place Is Guaranteed'
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England forward Wayne Rooney told reporters on Sunday he is not certain if he will be starting in his team's next game against Uruguay on June 19.

England forward Wayne Rooney told reporters on Sunday he is not certain if he will be starting in his team's next game against Uruguay on June 19.

ESPN FC discussed the development:

"Wayne Rooney said he is fighting for his place in England's starting XI for the crucial second group game against Uruguay.

"The Manchester United player set up Daniel Sturridge for England's equaliser against Italy with a superb cross, but otherwise endured a frustrating night as he played out of position on the left in the 2-1 defeat on Saturday.

"He said no player was guaranteed a spot in Roy Hodgson's team but added that the rise to prominence of Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling meant he needed to prove his worth more than ever.

"'Why would I feel my place in the team is guaranteed?' he told reporters. 'I work hard to try and get into that team.'

"'I have never said my place is guaranteed. I don't expect to play, but I work hard. I want to play.

"'We have got a lot of good young players, so we will all work hard. We all give the manager different options, different choices, and whoever he picks I am sure we will all respect that.'

"In the past, Rooney had admitted reservations about playing out wide for United, and he echoed those sentiments again.

"He said: 'I don't know if it brings out the best in me, but I enjoyed the game. I was involved in the game, could have scored, created the goal and felt I had an influence.'

"He described the Uruguay game as 'do-or-die' and added: 'We know if we lose we are more or less out, so we have to be positive, We have to win both games to go through now.'

Former England player Paul Scholes says Rooney would be best utilized in a more "central position" in order to be more effective, per a separate ESPN FC update:

"Former England midfielder Paul Scholes believes Roy Hodgson must use Wayne Rooney in a more central position in order to get the best out of him.

"Rooney, 28, played on the left during England's 2-1 defeat to Italy on Saturday, and was roundly criticised for his lack of influence.

"The Manchester United striker set up Daniel Sturridge's goal for the Three Lions but was guilty of missing an excellent opportunity to equalise in the second half, while his overall performance did little to dampen the calls from some fans and pundits for him to be dropped from Hodgson's starting line-up.

"However, Scholes insists that the problem was not Rooney, but the position he was forced to occupy, with the ex-United midfielder urging Hodgson to start him up front in England's next Group D game against Uruguay.

"'The disappointing thing was not the way Wayne Rooney played but where he was played,' Scholes wrote in his blog for Paddy Power.

"'I've previously said the best position for Wayne is centre forward. If you think about the contenders at the World Cup and goalscorers -- Holland play (Robin Van Persie) in his best position, Brazil play Neymar where he wants to play, Argentina with (Lionel) Messi, Portugal with (Cristiano) Ronaldo.

"'I don't blame Wayne one little bit but he was played in three different positions. He's without a doubt England's best goalscorer but he was played on the left, played on the right, then in the centre.

"'Where's the confidence in Wayne to say: 'You're our main player, You're our centre forward?' If he plays there, he scores goals.'"

England's match against Uruguay on June 19 will commence at 3:00 p.m. EST.

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