Wayne Rooney is keeping Jack Wilshere out of the England starting XI, having changed his position from up front to midfield. Rooney was man of the match in England’s opening Euro 2016 game against Russia. England were 1-0 up when Rooney was taken off with just over 10 minutes to play, with Wilshere replacing him.

England went on to draw 1-1, and Wilshere has admitted that while it pains him to say it, Rooney is brilliant in midfield.

It hurts me to say but he plays the position unbelievable. I don’t see any reason why me and Wayne can’t play together. There are two positions there. Dele did well the other night as well, so let’s not forget about him. There are other players too, [James] Milner and [Jordan] Henderson.

Wayne’s our best player. Against Russia, everything went through him. He’s got that range of passing, he understands the game. I love watching him. His appreciation of the strikers: he reads their runs when not many people could see the pass. To get that pass right, with the right weight, takes a special player. In training, now and then, when he picks up the ball deep and sprays a long pass and he never gets one wrong. He’s always perfect.




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