Jamie Redknapp: Wayne Rooney still has an ‘aura’ among England squad

by Tanveer Arayan

Jamie Redknapp believes Wayne Rooney still maintains an “aura” among the England squad following his performance against France on Tuesday night.

Rooney enjoyed one of his best games of the season at Wembley as England secured a 2-0 win.

The 30-year-old scored England’s second goal and generally got himself about well against the French.

It was an encouraging display as Rooney has been poor for large parts of this season and Redknapp praised the Manchester United captain.


“People have been too quick to write a career obituary for Wayne Rooney. They might be putting their pens away now,” Redknapp said.

“I think playing alongside Harry Kane has given Rooney a new lease of life. He’s thrived in a deeper role as a No 10, which is his best position – and he showed that again at Wembley. From the very first minute, when he produced a crisp touch to control the ball, I thought: ‘He could have one of those brilliant nights, here’.

“His goal capped an excellent display and he remains the first player his team-mates look for when they get the ball.

“His aura among the squad has not diminished one bit. If it wasn’t for the outstanding Dele Alli, then Rooney would have been Man of the Match.”

Wayne Rooney

Rooney is the type of player who scores in spurts and the hope is that he can now push on back at United. Louis van Gaal’s side travel to Watford this weekend and Rooney may be trusted with a role up top after Anthony Martial picked up an injury at Wembley.

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