Manchester United star could start on the bench vs Ecuador

Wayne Rooney Euro 2012 England

Roy Hodgson looks set to drop Rooney as part of his pre-World Cup preparations after he gave a largely ineffective performance versus Peru.

According to Dean Jones of the Sunday People, Wayne Rooney is set for a place on the bench against Ecuador on Wednesday.

Once again the Manchester United-man has fallen under the spotlight due to his poor form, and following an un-inspirational performance at Wembley last Friday, he could be relieved of his first team duties.

Hodgson is prepared to look at his side without the 28-year-old when the Three Lions take on the Ecuadorians in Miami. He is still experimenting with his England front line as he looks to facilitate Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Rooney’s performance versus Peru raised definite question marks about whether he genuinely fits into this England side.

He failed to perform in his position behind Daniel Sturridge and it’s been largely suggested that Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley would all be better equipped to play in this attacking midfield role.

He is still working his way back to full fitness, having picked up an injury towards the latter few months of the season, but Hodgson has promised he will not hesitate to drop the Manchester United striker if needs be.

Liverpool’s Sturridge stepped up to the mantle versus Peru, netting an outstanding solo effort as he opened the scoring against the South Americans.

The Reds’ danger man has been widely tipped to be the Three Lions' top scorer in Brazil; suggesting Rooney could be forced into a mere support role.

If England play well without him on Wednesday, then perhaps the decision to drop the striker becomes easier for Roy Hodgson.

He is yet to score at a World Cup finals, and if this trend continues in Brazil, it could hinder the nation’s chances of progression.

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