Wayne Rooney is going through one of the worst phases of his footballing career.
The 30-year-old is certainly not the same player as he once was, but he still boasts of a huge reputation at both club and national level.
United manager Jose Mourinho, at the start of the season, included Rooney in his starting eleven but he was forced to drop him following his disastrous performance against Watford. The Red Devils have definitely looked a better team without Rooney in the mix.
However, Rooney is still too big of a name to be dropped from the national squad and new manager Gareth Southgate followed in the footsteps of his predecessors and named Rooney in his starting eleven vs Malta on Saturday night.
Rooney played in a central midfield position, next to Jordan Henderson, and unsurprisingly produced under
underwhelming performance in the 2-0 win.
— Daniel Carter⚽️ (@FoggyFerret) October 8, 2016
— Freebets.co.uk (@freebetscouk) October 8, 2016
Interesting look at Rooney's heat-map whilst playing CDM so far. pic.twitter.com/V7xoDWyVJM
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) October 8, 2016
How has Rooney managed another 90mins woeful His had his time, he himself should now take himself out the equation unless needed! #finished
— Charlie Vanner (@Charl2807) October 8, 2016
What does Rooney bring to the team? Highest paid player in England and he's useless! #ENGMAL
— James Ronnie (@jronnie92) October 8, 2016
Even against this piss poor opposition Rooney has over hit or under hit so many passes!! As Jim would say "midfielder my arse"
— Jonno Jordan (@louiejp) October 8, 2016
England won't progress until Rooney steps aside, manager's certainly not brave enough to drop him from midfield.
— GoonAFC (@GunnerAB10) October 8, 2016
Thank fuck Rooney played tonight, who else would've chipped in the pointless floated corners & given away possession so much?
— Gareth (@LFCNuke) October 8, 2016
Has everything been over hit by Rooney tonight??
— Ryan Bates (@batesy7) October 8, 2016
Rooney doesn't even stand out against Malta. Definitely time to retire.#ENGMAL
— Paul (@youngquincy33b) October 8, 2016