Five things learned from England's win over Scotland, featuring Downing, Rooney, Wilshere

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We discuss five things we learned from England's 3-1 win over Scotland last night.

Wayne Rooney is England's best player

Despite his supposed poor form, there can be no doubting that Wayne Rooney deserves his place in the England team.

The Manchester United forward has become a scapegoat for the team's failings, with public pressure starting to form for Roy Hodgson to drop him, but he should be the first name on the team-sheet.

Rooney played with passion and poise last night, netting twice to move him closer to the all-time goalscoring record, and without him England would be a much weaker outfit. 

Welbeck is a crucial part of the Three Lions team

Danny Welbeck proved last night how valuable his versatility can be, as he performed a new function in the England team.

The Arsenal front-man has led the line well for Hodgson's men in recent times, but he had to play a more peripheral function yesterday evening.

Stationed on the left-flank and expected to use his energy to support Rooney, the 23-year-old performed admirably and showed that he deserves a place - even when Daniel Sturridge returns to fitness. 

Hodgson still doesn't know how to utilise Downing

It was hard not to feel sorry for Stewart Downing last night, as he wasn't given a fair chance to impress.

The experienced midfielder has waited two years to get back into the international set-up, but Hodgson's use of him in central midfield did not benefit anyone.

The West Ham United creator has thrived behind the strikers for his club side and not using him in the same position for the national team meant that he struggled. 

Wilshere developing

It is staggering to think that Wilshere's wonderful pass to set up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was his first assist in an England shirt. 

The Arsenal midfielder has been a regular selection in Hodgson's team, but he has taken a while to make any sort of impact on the game. 

The central midfielder seems to be coming of age now, though, and he showcased his ability last night.

Milner still has a role

James Milner may not be considered a guaranteed starter for England, but he showed that he still has a value for the team. 

Often criticised for being negative, Milner made his detractors eat humble pie as he performed a vital attacking function for the side.

His tireless work-rate in midfield is always eye-catching, but he showed poise around the box, too, and was one of England's unsung heroes. 

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