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Is Rooney England’s Problem?

England striker, Wayne Rooney, is sparking a major debate in his home country – should he start or being dropped at the World Cup?

Our Soccer Laduma jounalists, David Minchella and David Kappel, debated this topic and would like to get your view.

Roy Hodgson and Rooney himself have said the World Cup in Brazil will be Rooney’s place to shine.

Arguably, the 28-year-old is England’s current best player, but he is not always showing it when putting on the Three Lions shirt.

Given his poor World Cup record, with no goals in two World Cup appearances and his red card in the 2006 quarter-final, it is likely that Rooney could again not live up to the expectations.

In 2010, he wasn’t able to prevent England from being eliminated in the quarter-final after a very disappointing tournament with only three goals and one victory.

Paul Scholes has fired-up the debate by saying Rooney might ‘peak early’, after debuting as a 17-year-old for England.

He is still the Three Lions’ youngest ever goal-scorer, but failed to impress in England’s build-up matches to the World Cup in Brazil.

Hodgson seems uncertain where Rooney fits into his starting XI, with Daniel Sturridge being nailed on as his main striker. Rooney has played alongside Sturridge, behind Sturridge and Danny Welbeck as well as on the left wing recently.

His versatility and hard-working ethics are points for him, while some experts claim he slows down the English game.

Many say, Rooney has been the instrumental figure at Manchester United under David Moyes, but finishing in seventh place can’t exactly be seen as a success.

His 17 Premier League goals are polished with 12 assists, but are ten less than his personal best in 2011/12.

However, with seven goals, Rooney has been England’s best goal-scorer in their World Cup qualification campaign. But he was also England’s top-scorer in the 2010 qualification (nine goals) and went missing in South Africa.

What’s your take, should Wayne Rooney start for England? Have your say in the comment section below.

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