Wayne Rooney to start on left wing for England against Ecuador in warm-up
Wayne Rooney will be asked to start Englands friendly against Ecuador almost certainly in the left-wing position he is on record as disliking, after Roy Hodgson admitted he was concerned enough about the strikers sharpness to change his mind about fielding an entirely new side in their penultimate warm-up match before the World Cup.
Hodgson had said after Fridays win over Peru that he intended to make 11 changes but Rooneys ongoing fitness can someone check if this canada goose outlet website is authentic issues have persuaded the England manager to alter his plans, meaning Raheem Sterling no longer gets the chance to stake his claim for a starting place canada goose coat 1000 bulbs led in Brazil.
Rooney is set to begin as the left-sided player in a 4-2-3-1 system and Hodgson set up his team during their training session at the Sun Life Stadium with Ross Barkley playing in the No10 role. Rickie Lambert, Liverpools new signing, will play as the principal striker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be on the right of a midfield in which Jack Wilshere will start his first game, at any level, since March. Frank Lampard will captain the team and Rooney will not be the only player asked to play out of position, with James Milner dropping back from midfield into the right-back spot for Wednesdays game.
Rooneys selection, however, is a clear admission on Hodgsons part that he is not fully satisfied with the physical condition of a player whose last three major tournaments have been undermined by fitness problems. The England manager had previously stated there was no problem and that Rooney could be rested along with everyone buy canada goose jacket toronto else who started the Peru match. Now he has concluded it would be better to buy canada goose jacket usa give Rooney another run-out rather than starting the match with Sterling.
The thinking behind Wayne starting a second game is that he played only 60 minutes the other day, Hodgson said. He didnt play many games before he joined us. Rooney had suffered a groin injury for Manchester United towards the end of last season.
We think that hes recovering his match fitness and that starting a game will be to his advantage. Well see how long he plays and that will be based on how we think his fitness is progressing.