New England manager Sam Allardyce says that he will play Wayne Rooney in the same position as Jose Mourinho will play him at Manchester United.
Rooney, 30, finished last season playing in central midfield under Louis van Gaal and did the same for England and Roy Hodgson during Euro 2016. New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said that he doesn’t see Rooney as a central midfielder, but more as a striker or attacking midfielder. Allardyce, who hasn’t announced if Rooney will remain as England captain, said that he will use him the same way as Mourinho does.
“I think Jose will determine where Rooney plays,” Allardyce told Sky Sports. “Because if Jose says he is not going to play him in centre midfield and he’s playing up front and scoring goals for Manchester United then it would be pointless me bringing him into England and playing him in centre midfield.
“He can play that role because he has proved it for Manchester United but you’ve got to ask: ‘What position do they really want to play in?’ Sometimes you have to ask a player not to play in a position they may prefer and they take it on board because it’s for the benefit of us all.”
Allardyce also said that he believes that he’s inherited a squad that was good enough to win the Euros.
“I think they could have won it had they all performed to their best,” Allardyce said. “I was extremely excited by the performances that came before they got to the tournament. I thought there was some outstanding ability to beat teams with plenty of goals in the side. Maybe we looked suspect defensively at times but we seemed to be able to score one more goal than the opposition. Unfortunately that all seemed to dry up in the tournament.
“I watched the Iceland game in Spain. I was extremely frustrated and disappointed. We shouldn’t have underestimated Iceland. I’m not sure England underestimated Iceland but when you see Albania winning games at the Euros you’ve got to understand the lesser countries are so good at organisation now. Wales is a perfect example by getting to the semi-finals. The so-called smaller nations are not as easy as people make out.”