Report: Manchester United striker wants midfield role at Euros

Wayne Rooney England friendly

Wayne Rooney has been utilised in midfield by his club manager on a number of occasions this season.

Sky Sports News understands that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney wants to play in the holding midfield role for his country at Euro 2016.

Rooney has been used as both a striker and a central midfielder by club manager Louis van Gaal this season, and Sky Sports believes that the United forward has spoken with Roy Hodgson concerning his preference to play at the bottom of a midfield diamond in France in the summer.

The Red Devils captain has a sublime range of passing and could be very useful addition to England's midfield. With the form of Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane this season, it will be hard for Hodgson to leave either of them out of the starting XI, so maybe Rooney being utilised in midfield would be a compromise that would suit all parties.

England have three friendlies pencilled in before the championships begin against Turkey, Australia and Portugal. Manchester United also have their final Premier League game against Bournemouth to play following yesterday's abandonment, so Rooney has plenty of time to prove his fitness following his return from injury.

Hodgson has always been a major advocate of Rooney's ability, so it is highly likely that he will find one way or another to fit England's highest ever goal-scorer into his side.

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