What did England fans vote Hodgson should do with Rooney?

Wayne Rooney England friendly

An online vote was conducted straight after England's narrow loss to Italy, and it seemed that one player was very much the target of criticism.

Despite Manchester United's England striker Wayne Rooney supplying a superb cross from the left hand side to set up Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, his overall performance in the loss to Italy was not an impressive one.

Struggling to get on the ball from his left wing position, Rooney was often sucked into a more central position in search of influencing the game, which barring a couple of crosses, he failed to do.  On top of that, he fluffed England's best chance of an equaliser, firing wide when he had the whole goal ahead of him.

And in what ended up being a key part of the game, it left Italy winger Antonio Candreva with plenty of space to run rings around Leighton Baines, with the Lazio midfielder setting up Mario Balotelli's winning goal with his own great cross.

It was something England fans were more than aware of, and it was the United man that was subjected to a poll to find out how supporters thought Hodgson should best utilise him.

The options put forward by BBC Sport: were to continue playing him from the wing, either right or left, to play him centrally, or to drop England's current top goalscorer completely.

Amazingly, English fans went with the latter option, with almost half suggesting Rooney shouldn't make the starting line up.

"We asked you where Wayne Rooney should play against Uruguay and the results are in.

45% Not selected

27% Behind Sturridge

14% Wide right

14% Wide left"

The next most popular option was for Rooney to play behind Sturridge, in the position Raheem Sterling impressed in, while selecting him out wide was the least favoured option.

The trick now for Hodgson is to do whatever he can to incorporate a player as talented as Rooney, rather than washing his hands of a man with 39 England goals.

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