Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney enjoyed a fine display for England in midfield in his side’s 2-1 win over Wales at Euro 2016 on Thursday.
Rooney lined up alongside Eric Dier and Dele Alli in the middle of the park and he grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck, making numerous key passes and creating several opportunities.
England did go behind in the first half thanks to Gareth Bale’s free-kick but Jamie Vardy’s equaliser and Daniel Sturridge’s last gasp winner meant they secured the win. Rooney captained the side and he led by example in Lens:
Wayne Rooney's game by numbers:
91% pass accuracy
5 chances created
Ran the show. pic.twitter.com/KBu6JqxRKy
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 16, 2016
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) 16 June 2016
Rooney really has enjoyed a new lease of life since being moved into a midfield position by Louis van Gaal towards the end of the 2015/16 season.
Of course, he is yet to be tested by top class opposition and Wales afforded him a lot of time and space on the ball but the early signs have been promising.
Man United have been linked with forwards such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Breel Embolo in recent weeks and the indications suggest that Jose Mourinho sees Rooney as a midfielder ahead of the coming campaign.