Wayne Rooney should look to leave Manchester United to join a club where he would be played in central midfield, says The Sun’s Charlie Wyett.
“It’s not going to happen, but I think Rooney, next summer, should look at leaving United and play somewhere for the next year in that position every week, in central midfield,” he told Sunday Supplement.
“United, I assume, are not going to want him to go, and Wayne Rooney is not going to want to leave Manchester United.
“But, in terms of England, if he is going to play in that position then he has to be playing there every week otherwise he’s not going to perform for England.
“So, as a result, I think he should be on the bench and not start the England games.”
Wyett, who believes the booing by some England fans was uncalled for, alluded to the fact that Jose Mourinho favours playing Rooney up front as opposed to a deeper role.
“There’s no excuse for the jeering, but I think some of it is pantomime villain stuff,” he said. “It’s odd that fans have decided to do it.
“Has he brought it on himself? I think he has to look at himself and his future. I think he can play in that midfield position. He wasn’t great yesterday, but let’s not forget he played quite well against Russia during the Euros in that position.
“His problem is that Jose Mourinho has absolutely no intention of playing him there, as he spelled out right at the start, so Wayne Rooney can’t play for England over the next two years if he’s not playing there for his club.”