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Rooney set for left wing role against Ecuador

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By Jonathan Nightingale

Wednesday 04 June 2014

Roy Hodgson will use England’s penultimate friendly against Ecuador to experiment and will play key man Wayne Rooney on the left wing in order to accommodate Ross Barkley, the Telegraph has reported, in what some have seen as a warning to England’s star player.

Rooney has under performed at the two last world cup’s, failing to score a single goal, and is determined to make an impact this time round.

In a bold call Hodgson looks like moving Rooney to the left – a position the striker has played in the past but not one he enjoys, with Hodgson claiming the player is still searching for match fitness.

“The thinking behind Wayne starting a second game is he only played 60 minutes the other day,’’ said Hodgson. “He’s recovering his match fitness.’

“Wayne can play in several positions, and he’ll play in a position which we think will suit the team and which he is capable of playing.” Would that be on the left? ”He can do that, absolutely.”

As Hodgson held training, he asked cameras to leave to take sessions of Rooney being marked out wide by Glen Johnson in preparation for their first of two warm up games in Miami.

It is thought that Hodgson is trying to experiment with formations whilst also sharpening up a player who many see as one of the most important to his country.

Rooney has scored 38 times in 90 appearances for England and currently sits 5th in the country’s top scorers.

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