England’s superb 3-2 friendly win over Germany on Saturday would have made tough viewing for the injured Wayne Rooney, who faces a tough task to get back into the starting XI for both club and country upon his return to action.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are establishing themselves as strong contenders to start at the European Championships this summer having both scored in Berlin against the world champions. Publicly, Rooney praised his teammates but he will know that he must work hard to get back into the side:
What a result well done boys. Great spirit and to come back from 2 down in Germany ????????buzzing
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) March 26, 2016
Rooney had a 2015 to forget but he was arguably United’s best player at the turn of the year prior to his injury.
His experience and knowhow at the highest level is unparalleled for both United and England but does he still have that ‘spark’ that the other players so clearly possess?
The debate will rage on but, at the end of the day, it comes down to one man and that is Rooney. At the very least, it is good that Louis van Gaal and Roy Hodgson finally have options.