England take on Uruguay tonight in a vital World Cup game, the loser goes home. It's a massive game for England but for Wayne Rooney it is his biggest game in the three lions shirt. Pressure & criticism are firing at him from all corners. He doesn't do it for England, he has not scored at a World Cup he gets the most stick from the fans by a mile.
But for me Rooney is England's best player, he is also the only player who has been anywhere near world class (including club form) in his career. He gets stick because of jealously. He plays for Man United, he has won most trophies in the game, and scored some memorable goals.
For strikers they have to be loved. Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo and even Suarez are all loved by their nations, for England we try to belittle are stars the best way we can. Thierry Henry said this week 'play Rooney in his best position & he will deliver you need to love him'. He knows something about scoring goals. Rooney's best position is up front or behind the forward down the middle. England made the mistake of pushing Scholes out to the doomed left position during his time and he got fed up. It looks like Rooney could be getting the same treatment. Raheem Sterling had a great game against Italy but I feel he can be just as effective on the wings. Play Rooney in his best role and I believe he can do the business on the big stage tonight and finally silence his doubters.