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Rooney’s spot at Euro 2016 under threat?




The question will be posed time and time again before next summer’s tournament in France, but the statistics don’t make good reading for the Manchester United captain.

Jamie Redknapp addressed the issue in his recent Sportsmail column and he believes Rooney is struggling for goals following the departure of his former attacking team-mates such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs.

Rooney has ended 2015 with a measly six Premier League goals to his name. Steven Gerrard, who left Liverpool for LA Galaxy at the end of last season, and Troy Deeney have the same top-flight tally as the United man this year.

That is the same Deeney who played his first ever Premier League game in August following Watford’s promotion from the Championship.

Roy Hodgson is unlikely to have the courage to replace the experienced Rooney with Deeney but the Hornets skipper is knocking on the door.

Deeney is not the only striker to have shown Rooney up this year, with the 30-year-old also being outshone by Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Saido Berahino, Jermain Defoe and Theo Walcott.

Raheem Sterling, who is primarily an attacking midfielder, has also scored two more Premier League goals than Rooney.

Both Kane and Vardy have pretty much guaranteed their spot on the plane to France, leaving Hodgson with a decision to make regarding the other two strikers in his 23-man squad.

Walcott, you feel, would be included especially if he can help fire Arsenal to the Premier League title, while both Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck will hopefully spend more time on the pitch than in the treatment room before Euro 2016.

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