Five things learned from England's dour win in Estonia: Rooney, Wilshere & Sterling feature

Raheem Sterling

Five conclusions from the Three Lions' forgettable Euro 2016 qualifying win in Estonia...

Roy will never change

Three games have yielded three wins and credit to England boss Roy Hodgson for that. Except not really. Against both San Marino and Estonia, the Three Lions were very, very poor and did the majority of their damage from set-pieces.

Even before Hodgson was given the England job, critics could have told you that's how his side would play for years to come. In the Euros, that quite simply won't do. But at least, with the standard of our group, we will be there...

A sick joke from Uefa?

Ahead of England's trip to Tallinn, Andy Dunn of the Mirror wrote: "This qualifying group does not provide competitive football – it is a UEFA-scripted joke of a formality. The Swiss have been seen off but the importance of that rivalry was something of an ­irrelevance, given the paucity of the rest of the group."

It's rather hard to disagree with that assessment. This is exactly where the Three Lions went wrong at the World Cup. The same poor performances they produced in qualifying - which sufficed against smaller nations - were not good enough against the likes of Italy, Uruguay or even the mighty Costa Rica.

Going into Euro 2016, England will be untested - and another disastrous exit looks virtually guaranteed already.

Will the real Wayne Rooney please stand up?

Against San Marino and Estonia, England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney scored two (and a half) goals. But one was a penalty, one a free kick and one a deflected chip that went down as an own goal - so the figures don't quite tell the whole story.

From open play, the 28-year-old was, quite frankly, abysmal. Why can't Rooney produce his true talent on the England stage, seeing as the United man is a guaranteed pick regardless of his form? Maybe that in itself is the problem...

Liverpool come first?

Another lesson learned from England's wins over San Marino & Estonia is that the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana will be rested and rotated by Hodgson - perhaps under the request of Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

It makes perfect sense, as a below-par England still got the maximum six points against their Group E rivals. But are we to gauge, from Sterling's behaviour in particular, that Liverpool come first for the England stars?

Amid a shower of mediocrity, Wilshere is one reasonable positive

Some positives, however, as England did, after all, win two out of two (having won three out of three in Euro 2016 qualifying so far). And the biggest real positive was Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

The 22-year-old admitted before the Estonia game that he watches videos of Xabi Alonso and Andrea Pirlo in an attempt to better himself as a holding midfielder. You can't quite compare him to those two greats just yet - but Wilshere was undoubtedly the best thing about the Three Lions' performance in Tallinn.

Critics such as Ray Parlour feel the Gunners midfielder is more suited to an advanced role, though credit to Wilshere as he is at least shouldering some responsibility for his country.

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