Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rooney Can Be a Wing Wonder for England Side

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rooney Can Be a Wing Wonder for England Side

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ROY Hodgson would have no hesitation fielding Wayne Rooney on the left wing again after his fine display in England's draw with Ecuador.

Much of the build-up to Wednesday's pre-World Cup friendly at Sun Life Stadium in Miami surrounded Hodgson's decision to play the Manchester United attacker on the flank. It is a role Rooney has been uncomfortable filling in the past, saying five years ago that it restricted him in terms of expression.

The 28-year-old, though, played well in his unfamiliar position on the left wing, with his close-range tap-in capping an impressive overall display in the 2-2 draw with Ecuador. "We've always known Wayne has that ability," Hodgson said. "He can play several positions. This left-side role was filled by Danny Welbeck against Peru and Wayne Rooney is a similar type of player.

"They are both forward players, both goalscorers, so there was no reason for me ever to doubt Wayne could do well in that position. But I was pleased that he did well and I was pleased for him to score a goal, which is always important. …

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