Wayne Rooney may be England's all time leading goalscorer, but this season's performances suggest he faces a real battle to get in the team this summer for Euro 2016.
He has been once again prolifically outscored by Tottenham striker Harry Kane over the past two seasons, with the Spurs man netting more than double in the Premier League alone.
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Rooney has just returned to action after a spell out of the side with a minor injury, but is yet to find the net in three matches since coming back into the side.
Yet on Wednesday night against Crystal Palace, he was deployed in an unfamiliar midfield role.
The reason? Manager Louis van Gaal said that Rooney simply did not warrant leaving young striker Marcus Rashford out of the side for.
18-year-old Rashford has netted seven goals in 13 games for the team, with Van Gaal telling the club website: "I didn’t want to change Rashford from that position, so we have to look for another position for Wayne."
This bodes well for Harry Kane's chances of getting the first choice striker's role for England this summer.
If Rooney cannot dislodge Rashford, who is a talented novice, then how is he going to be able to justifiably replace the Premier League's top goalscorer in the side?
The answer is he cannot, Kane is now the main man. Rooney must fit around him, and not vice versa, and this can only give the Spurs forward more confidence, and allow him to feel more secure in his position for the Three Lions this summer.