Rooney accepts competition for places

Wayne Rooney has admitted that his place in England’s starting XI is under threat after another underwhelming display during his country’s 2-1 loss to Italy, says the Daily Mail.

Boss Roy Hogdson is confident that the injured Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will be fit for their crunch clash with Uruguay – with both teams having lost their opening games – and some see Rooney as the man to make way.

Much of the build up for England has surrounded the form of the Manchester United man, who has failed to score a goal at the World Cup finals during his career, after finishing the season somewhat out of sorts.

There have been calls to drop England’s star man, but Rooney has hit back at critics by denying he always merits a starting berth for his national side.

“Why would I feel my place in the team is guaranteed? I work hard to try and get into that team. I’ve never said my place is guaranteed. I don’t expect to play,” Rooney said.

“We have got a lot of good, young players. We all give the manager different options and whoever he picks then I’m sure we will all respect that.”

The striker was used from the left of an attacking three against Italy in Manaus but pundits criticised his performance, particularly in the defensive department as Leighton Baines often found himself left uncovered and over run.

But Rooney believes he contributed well despite differing opinions of his game.

He added: “I was involved in the game, could have scored, created the goal and I felt I had an influence.”

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