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Wayne Rooney thrives in midfield for England in 1-1 draw against Russia

by Sam Peoples

Wayne Rooney put in a superb performance for England in a 1-1 draw with Russia to open their Euro 2016 campaign.

It was the first time the 30-year-old started in central midfield for England in a tournament but thanks to Russia sitting so deep he was afforded far too much space and time which he took full advantage of. He was dangerous with his shots, precise in his passes and showed, for one of the first time as far as I’m concerned, that maybe he can adapt into the Paul Scholes role.

Fans were certainly impressed with how Rooney played and had Igor Akinfeev not made an incredible save, he’d have grabbed a goal for his efforts as well.


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When Rooney plays in midfield against a team who doesn’t play a pressing game he always enjoys himself, he always looks comfortable and that was the case against Russia. For me, I liked seeing him play a shorter passing game more often than he normally does because there’s a time and a place for a hollywood pass.

It’ll be a different and more intense game on Thursday when England play Wales and that’s a better marker for Rooney and whether midfield is a role he can truly adapt to. Credit where it is due though – Rooney was ace against Russia and set down a marker which he now needs to match in the other two games.

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