Ex-Manager: Rooney could lose England AND United place, replacements cited

Martin 'Mad Dog' Allen has questioned Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's place in the team, citing Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool players as alternatives.

The aptly named 'Mad Dog' has perhaps thrown his often controversial opinion a little too far in his latest column for the Daily Mail, claiming Wayne Rooney's place for both England and Manchester United should be looked at.

In his latest column, titled 'Wayne's World could come crashing down' he states the emergence of Raheem Sterling and Andros Townsend something for Rooney to worry about.

'Wayne Rooney's place in the England starting XI and at Manchester United is most definitely in question,' remarked the former Foxes manager.

'Ok he scored at the weekend against West Brom. But let's not forget that this time last year, in the biggest match of United's season, the second leg of their Champions League tit against Real Madrid, Sir Alex Ferguson dropped Rooney from his starting line-up.

'At the time he was no happy and he looked like he was on his way out of Old Trafford. What a difference a year makes? Rooney has just signed a new £300,000 per week, four-and-a-half-year deal. But that doesn't make him invincible for club or country.

'With the emergence of Andros Townsend and Raheem Sterling, Roy Hodgson is beginning to have a lot of attacking options for the national side.

'The pace and speed of players at that level is so crucial and it is a big part of Rooney's game that he lacks.'

He then went on to claim the United man's biggest threat was Southampton wizard Adam Lallana, despite both players playing largely in different positions. 

I don't want to be critical of Allen, whose latest stint in management ended in him getting sacked by Gillingham. However, I just don't see how he can come to this conclusion.

Aside from his obvious goal-threat and experience on the big stage, he has also been England's most creative player in the Premier League this season and chipped in with a fair number of goals.

He perhaps hasn't been as prolific as he wanted to be, but Daniel Sturridge is the only Englishman to score more goals than him in the Premier League this season. Add to the fact he was England's top goalscorer in the World Cup qualification stage, which should carry a lot of weight in his favour.

I personally believe he has nothing to worry about going into a Brazil and he should be the man the country looks to as England try and cause an upset on football's biggest stage by bringing the World Cup back after a 48-year absence.

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