Paul Scholes: England cannot rely on Wayne Rooney at World Cup

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Tireless Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney struggles to replicate his club form on the international stage, says Paul Scholes.

If England supporters want a hero, they should look outside of Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney as the forward - who has netted 17 Premier League goals with ten assists from 27 starts this past season - struggles to have as much impact in international matches as he does when representing his club.

That is the view of Paul Scholes, who told Goal: "England can't rely on Rooney. He has never been able to replicate his club form consistently at the international level."

Rooney enjoyed a strong season in front of goal, netting twice in a 4-2 Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen (a crucial feel-good win for sacked manager David Moyes), converted a free-kick against rivals Manchester City, scored both goals in a 2-2 tie with Tottenham Hotspur, while also volleying in versus Hull City to return his 150th league goal for the Red Devils.

At club level, Rooney has won five Premier League titles, the League Cup twice and the Champions League, on top of an abundance of individual honours.

From 89 international appearances with England, Rooney has scored 38 times, including goals against Brazil (twice), Ukraine at UEFA EURO 2012, Argentina and back-to-back braces at UEFA EURO 2004 against Switzerland and Croatia.

He has suffered barren spells though, as Between September 2009 and September 2011, he scored just one goal.

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