England legend says that United star has to start in Brazil

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Gary Lineker believes that the Manchester United front-man is integral to England's chances at the World Cup

With the World Cup only eight days away there has been much discussion about England team Roy Hodgson should pick for their opening game against Italy.

One of the most surprising factors of this has been the amount of support behind the idea that Wayne Rooney should be dropped.

Rooney’s form for England at major tournaments in the past has been poor and, after an off-colour display against Peru in the Three Lions’ in their last friendly, there has been serious calls for him to be dropped.

However, a man that knows all about scoring in World Cups, Gary Lineker, says that England must stick with the Manchester United front-man.

Hodgson is reportedly going to play Rooney out-wide in England’s friendly tonight against Ecuador in Miami and the nation’s top goalscorer believes that is worth experimenting to find a spot for Rooney, even if it is not in his regular position.

He took to social media site Twitter to say: “Rooney reportedly will play on the left of England's attack tomorrow. Such is his talent, it's worth Roy experimenting to find him a spot.”

Rooney is England’s highest-profile player and has spoken of his desire to impress at this World Cup, which will be his third.

He goes into the competition having suffered preparation that is far from ideal after he picked up an injury towards the back end of the season.

The United man is back in full-training now, though, and looking to get back to somewhere close to optimum form.

The 28-year-old was one of Manchester United’s better players this year, in their torrid first season without Sir Alex Ferguson in charge.

The hot-tempered attacker managed to score 17 times in 29 appearances despite the chances not being laid on as regularly for him as he has been used to and he will be hoping that this goal-scoring form is enough to convince Hodgson to stick with him despite his struggles in an England shirt.

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