Wayne Rooney should have retired after Euro 2016, claims Shilton
Rooney is a square peg in a round hole for Three Lions according to former England goalkeeper
September 6th, 2016
The Wayne Rooney dilemma for England isn’t going away in a hurry. Indeed, the Three Lions skipper seems to be wielding more power within the international set-up than Sam Allardyce.
Rooney has declared that he will continue for the international team until the 2018 World Cup, while Allardyce admitted after the dramatic win in Slovakia that he’s allowing the Manchester United man to operate in whatever position he likes.
Such an admission has caused concern among England supporters and it’s certainly a view shared by Peter Shilton who believes that Rooney should have called it a day after Euro 2016.
Shilton feels that Rooney is no longer a forward and that Allardyce’s attempts to follow in the footsteps of Roy Hodgson and accommodate the player comes at the expense of the other players in the squad.
“I don’t think he’s a striker anymore,” said Shilton. “We are trying to fit him in, but he’s not a midfield player for me. Never will be.”
Speaking to BBC Scotland, Shilton, 66, added: “He is spraying a few balls around, but I don’t think he’s being very effective.
“I thought he should have retired after the Euros. It’s not because he could break my record. Far from it. If he does and he plays well, fine.”
Rooney feels that “too much is getting made” about his role within the team, although Harry Kane are among the players who appear to be suffering from the former’s role within the team.