Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney missed the 2-0 win over Estonia on Friday, but is it a sign of things to come ahead of Euro 2016?
As discussed by the Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports, the 29-year-old’s future for the national team has been put under doubt given his poor form for United so far this season.
Rooney has struggled to find the net and has scored just one league goal in seven appearances this year, and coupled with his history of underperforming at big international tournaments, questions were asked about whether or not Roy Hodgson should consider dropping him.
His response was defiant, as reported by the Manchester Evening News, as he insisted that he would continue to fight for his place for both club and country.
Having recently become the all-time leading goalscorer for his country, supporters of the former Everton forward will argue that he remains one of England’s most talented players and deserves to be in the team.
In contrast, with the likes of Jamie Vardy, Theo Walcott and Harry Kane all pushing for a permanent spot in the starting eleven, it presents a potential selection headache for Hodgson to have to deal with.
With over seven months remaining until the European Championships begin, much can, and probably will, change for Rooney and United as Louis van Gaal’s side look to compete on several fronts.
As a result, it is arguably a pointless task in debating the striker’s position in the starting line-up. However, if his goalscoring woes continue over the next few months, those questions might become more and more relevant.