Rooney has been playing poorly for a while and a player with a less prestigious reputation would surely have dropped to the bench by now.
Very few managers make the decision to drop their big name players, preferring to stick with them and wait until their form improves.
We have seen time and again in the England side big name players are often prefered to start for the team, even if they are suffering a dip in form.
Despite England seeming to often play much better when Lampard isn’t playing, no England managers thus far have the guts to make such a massive call and drop him from the first team when he is fit.
Does the risk involved that comes from dropping one of your best players ever pay off?
Case Against Dropping Rooney:
Dropping Rooney would further hurt his confidence and his form won’t improve by not playing.
Even an off form Rooney is a better choice than starting Hernandez, Macheda or Owen.
He likely only needs a goal from open play to restore his form.
Case For Dropping Rooney:
Owen is playing well and scoring and deserves the nod ahead of Rooney.
There’s no reason why Rooney can’t restore his form by coming off the bench against a tiring defence.
The threat of being dropped might make Rooney more determined to play better.
Here’s an uplifting anthem that would surely inspire some good performances from Roo!
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