Alan Shearer is not the only former England star urging Gareth Southgate to hand Callum Wilson a start against Wales on Tuesday. Wayne Rooney has made a similar case that Harry Kane should be rested with Wilson an more than competent replacement.
The Chronicle has published the following from Rooney, who currently manages DC United in the MLS:
“The other big change I would make for the Wales match would be to rest Harry Kane.
“Against the USA, he looked like he may have been suffering the effects of a heavy knock he took in the Iran game. It was from a tackle in the second half and in that match I felt that Gareth should have considered taking him off at half-time.
“England were leading 3-0, the game was already won and Harry is our most important player. When there are opportunities to protect him and help him stay fit, I believe Gareth should take them — and that is why I would keep Harry on the bench against Wales.
“He is an incredible competitor and will always want to play but sometimes managers need to take things out of a player’s hands. Since it is now almost impossible for England not to qualify for the round of 16, Gareth has a chance to manage Harry’s workload.
“Callum Wilson, as we saw when he came on against Iran, is more than capable of deputizing and the priority has to be the knockout stage. Harry needs to be fresh for that. In previous tournaments he has looked a bit tired towards the end and a rest on Tuesday could make a big difference.”
While England’s levels dropped against the US, they remain in an excellent position to advance to the knockout stages. Their 6-2 throttling of Iran in their opening match has given the England boss some breathing room.
England need just to draw against Wales, or avoid a thrashing, on Tuesday to advance. While a defeat doesn’t confirm elimination, that would be a disastrous result even if they squeak through.
Saving Kane for the knockout rounds makes sense. He struggled on Friday in the scoreless draw against the States. Lingering issues with his ankle could be an explanation for that though the entire team was off their game.
It remains to be seen if Southgate makes the brave decision to rest Kane. If he does, Wilson is a safe pair of hands to help pick up the result necessary to ensure a place in the knockout rounds.
39 comments so far
Nov 28, 2022 at 10:13 AMComment #1
Nov 28, 2022 at 10:14 AMComment #2
Good Morning Folks
Nov 28, 2022 at 10:14 AMComment #3
Just try something ‘outta the box’, for crying out loud!
Nov 28, 2022 at 10:14 AMComment #4
Nov 28, 2022 at 10:14 AMComment #5
Ha, I just missed number 1
Nov 28, 2022 at 10:15 AMComment #6
Herr Flick beat me to it!
Nov 28, 2022 at 10:18 AMComment #7
Well, no problem to qualify for England, don’t see them losing by 4 goals against Wales…
However, the first place of the group is at stake, so i think Southgate will decide who will play at the last moment, when the results of group A will be known.
Nov 28, 2022 at 10:24 AMComment #8
Good call that niafron.
Nov 28, 2022 at 10:26 AMComment #9
Well, still, there’s a question: what would be best for England? Netherland, Ecuador or Senegal?
Nov 28, 2022 at 10:59 AMComment #10
Essex Geordie Bill
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:00 AMComment #11
‘Harry is our most important player’ Really, anyone else think that?
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:07 AMComment #12
There’s a large part of the problem, hey?
The tyranny of the ‘press’ pick’ player.
Same old way, too reliant on one guy!
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:08 AMComment #13
Senegal or perhaps a good tough game against Netherland, could give you the sparkle you need.
But not Ecuador, really a kind of Football which could be a problem for England.
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:11 AMComment #14
He’s against a foreign manager maybe because he’s a racist EDL member?
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:14 AMComment #15
Football is generally obsessed with the individual personality. Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar etc…
The press and fans forget it’s a team sport
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:15 AMComment #16
Sorry, I’m in a bad mood this morning…
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:16 AMComment #17
Nederland would wake them up!
Equador would confuse them.
Too quick, and would ‘expect’ to win.
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:17 AMComment #18
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:17 AMComment #19
That’s a bold statement, mate!
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:18 AMComment #20
Great team goal by Serbia….hahahahahahah
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:20 AMComment #21
No I in team!
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:22 AMComment #22
Messi in trouble
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:26 AMComment #23
Michael Beale rejected Wolves to go back to Rangers instead? Weird move
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:30 AMComment #24
I fairness to balance…..great individual finish by the Cameroon.
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:30 AMComment #25
This is turning into a great game
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:32 AMComment #26
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:42 AMComment #27
Might watch this one again, later…for fun!
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:48 AMComment #28
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:49 AMComment #29
Southgate will be hiding behind the settee watching this one
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:49 AMComment #30
You are correct..
There is no I in team..
But there’s two in martini..
And it’s your turn for the bar..
Essex Geordie Bill
Nov 28, 2022 at 11:54 AMComment #31
If Harry really was the most important member of the England team then we are in the Sh!te! 🙄
Nov 28, 2022 at 12:03 PMComment #32
Sorry, it wasn’t a statement, it was a question…my bad!
Jusr read back.
Nov 28, 2022 at 12:12 PMComment #33
over the years we’ve had some very cleaver wums operate in our mist, but even the cleverest eventual make mistakes just like this morning ???.
Nov 28, 2022 at 12:17 PMComment #34
About resting players, we will have a good idea of how the things are working in the french national team with the last game.
Everybody think Mbappé should not play… except perhaps Mbappé himself.
Cause he’s chasing records ( of goals and assists ).
So we will see if Deschamps can keep him on the bench without a drama.
Raj of Hailsley
Nov 28, 2022 at 12:39 PMComment #35
Good of you to apologise to Mort, thanks for the defence in his accusations of me being a racist EDL member.
Nov 28, 2022 at 12:44 PMComment #36
Shaken or stired?
Nov 28, 2022 at 12:46 PMComment #37
Or straight out the bottle ! 😆
Nov 28, 2022 at 1:12 PMComment #38
Another issue with migrants is the disease they could bring with them like covid etc. In this case diphtheria. Personally I’d send them back where they came from as soon as they get here. Not worth the risk because of human rights laws. Personal opinion.
Nov 28, 2022 at 7:15 PMComment #39