Arsenal legend says United star is being mis-used by Hodgson - is he?

Roy Hodgson

Manchester City coach and ITV pundit Patrick Vieira believes Manchester United and England star must be played in his best position at the World Cup.

According to legendary Arsenal midfielder and current manager of the Elite Development Squad at Manchester City, Patrick Vieira, England forward Wayne Rooney is being mis-used by the Three Lions management as the Manchester United striker is a: the nation's best player while b: being utilised in his secondary position.

In order to get the best out of the 28-year-old, it is imperative that he is played centrally, said Vieira in ITV's makeshift studio on the Copacabana beach earlier today, Tuesday.

"[There is] no doubt about playing [against Uruguay]," the Frenchman stated after Rooney disappointed during England's unsuccessful opening World Cup match, a 2-1 loss to Italy.

"I still believe he is the best in the England side and the best player should play in his best position - and that is centrally, either behind the striker or even as the number nine as well."

For Vieira, Rooney must either play alongside goal-scorer Daniel Sturridge, or instead of him, however, because of the general attacking efficiency and adventure shown by Rooney, Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Welbeck, the 37-year-old advised Roy Hodgson to retain all four in the starting line-up, albeit with a slight shift in positional selection.

"The four players who started the game, did quite really well and they deserve another chance to be in the team. Players have to get this freedom."

On England's opponents on Thursday, June 19 at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Vieira concluded by remarking: "It is must win for Uruguay too. We know Luis Suarez can score goals."

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