Pearce says England could benefit from Rooney injury

Stuart Pearce feels that the knee injury sustained by Wayne Rooney will enable more players to earn international experience with England in March.


Former England international Stuart Pearce has suggested to Sky Sports News that the injury sustained by Wayne Rooney will benefit the Three Lions in the long run.


On Wednesday, Manchester United announced that their captain would be sidelined for at least six weeks after suffering a knee problem, resulting in the 30-year-old missing important fixtures with the Old Trafford club and England's next two friendly fixtures.


However, Pearce feels that Roy Hodgson would not have benefited from the nation's record international goalscorer featuring in games against Germany and the Netherlands.


Instead, the former Nottingham Forest stalwart - who won 78 caps for his country between 1987 and 1999 - has said that Rooney's absence represents the perfect opportunity to give other forwards their chance to impress ahead of this summer's Euro 2016 Finals in France.


Pearce told Sky Sports News, in an interview broadcast on 18 February at 11am: "From England's point of view, it enables England and Roy Hodgson to have a look at Vardy and Kane and anyone else, maybe a Sturridge or a Welbeck who are coming back.


"If Wayne was in the squad, I think that Roy would feel obliged to play him in at least one of the games but what would that do? It blocks a hole for one of the youngsters getting more experience.


"We know what Wayne can do - he has played so many games. I don't think we would have learned anything from him playing in a friendly."


If fit, Harry Kane is considered a guaranteed pick for the tournament, but Jamie Vardy has just four caps to his name and both Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck have barely featured in the Premier League this season.

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