Marcus Rashford should start for England against Germany, according to Wayne Rooney.
Wayne Rooney has picked the England starting XI that he would like to see line out against Germany on Tuesday and it features Marcus Rashford in place of Jack Grealish.
Rooney played in six major tournaments for England so he is well-placed to judge the implications of shuffling the pack throughout a campaign.
Wayne Rooney’s England XI to play Germany at Euro 2020.
England manager Gareth Southgate has already tinkered with his line-up during Euro 2020, making two changes between the Croatia and Scotland games and a further four for the match against the Czech Republic – although the exclusion of Mason Mount was enforced due to the midfielder’s Covid-related isolation.
England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has now called on his former boss to make another two changes for the crunch clash against Germany. The Derby County manager has called for Southgate to take out Bukayo Saka and Jack Grealish and replacing them with Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford.
Wayne Rooney: Germany is a game for Henderson and Rashford.
“After all my championing of Jack Grealish, I wouldn’t play him from the start against Germany,” Rooney wrote in his weekly Sunday Times column.
“He was one of England’s better players against the Czech Republic and it is not that my opinion of him has changed. My thinking is entirely down to how the Germans play. Different opponents demand different approaches and Tuesday’s game is tailor-made for Marcus Rashford — but not Jack.
“I would go with a midfield three, rather than a two, plus a No 10, which was Grealish’s role against the Czechs,” the former Manchester United captain continues.
“It’s important not to be outnumbered in the middle because Joachim Low has forward players who drop back in, like Thomas Muller, Kai Havertz Joshua Kimmich, who comes in from right wing-back to centre midfield. Provided Jordan Henderson is fit I’d start him alongside Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips but Henderson has to be 100 per cent.
“In a game of this size, where Germany will keep the ball and make you run, you will suffer if you’re not completely there physically. I’d use Jude Bellingham instead if there is the slightest doubt about Henderson.”
England v Germany.
Saka picked up UEFA’s Star of the Match award for his performance against the Czechs so there is bound to be many who disagree with Rooney when it comes to leaving him out. The current Derby County boss hasn’t considered Phil Foden either, who started the opening two games against Croatia and Scotland, memorably hitting the post in the first half against the Croats.
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Rooney’s former Manchester United teammate Rashford has yet to start a match in Euro 2020 but did come on as a substitute in all three group games. His inclusion would arguably be seen as a surprise for such an important game so it will be interesting to see if Southgate takes the advice of the former England captain.
England v Germany takes place at Wembley at 5 pm on Tuesday.