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Wayne Rooney has called on Gareth Southgate to drop Jack Grealish for Tuesday's huge Euro 2020 last 16 clash with rivals Germany, and instead play three defensive midfielders.
England fans have spent the best part of a year calling for Grealish to get into Southgate's team and that only intensified in the opening two group games of the Euros.
The Aston Villa captain was finally given his start against Czech Republic, in the final group game, and set up Raheem Sterling for the game's only goal.
Despite that, England's all time top scorer Rooney believes that Grealish shouldn't be in the starting line up against Germany, which the England boss reportedly may agree with, with the former Manchester United striker picking Marcus Rashford instead.
"After all my championing of Jack Grealish, I wouldn't play him from the start against Germany," the Derby County boss wrote in his Times column.
"...My thinking is entirely down to how the Germans play. Different opponents demand different approaches and Tuesday's game is tailor-made for Marcus Rashford - but not Jack.
"Germany play three at the back with a high line and what they try to do is almost suffocate you. They pass side to side, get the ball in wide areas, come back and go all the way out to the other flank, then get balls into the penalty area. And when you win it, they want you to play a pass to feet because that means - with their line pushed right up - they can go and press you high up the pitch.
"The more players you have who want to take the ball to feet, the more they can press, so instead of Jack I'd be looking to have runners either side of Harry Kane."
With Rooney taking away the left hand side role from Grealish, he would also rule the 25-year-old out of the number 10 role, instead playing three defensive midfielders.
"I would go with a midfield three, rather than a two, plus a No 10, which was Grealish's role against the Czechs," the former Everton player added.
"It's important not to be outnumbered in the middle because Joachim Löw has forward players who drop back in, like Thomas Müller and Kai Havertz, and Joshua Kimmich, who comes in from right wing back to centre midfield.
"Provided Jordan Henderson is fit I'd start him alongside Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips but Henderson has to be 100 percent."
It's fair to say that fans on social media weren't too impressed with 'Wazza's' selections for Tuesday, and will be hoping Southgate doesn't set up the the Three Lions like that.
Rooney has infinite more knowledge than anyone about football but that is the worst midfield that could possibly be fielded. https://t.co/ph61pHuLau- Culé (@FutChepe) June 27, 2021
this is why derby county were fighting for their life in the championship. https://t.co/VMGZrVYr0S- mr solo dolo (@BopheIo) June 27, 2021
Henderson Philips AND Rice... WTF:joy::joy::joy: https://t.co/pIsZEItX2A- Mosia :flag_ps: (@mosia_fpl) June 27, 2021
Lol Grealish is disrespected https://t.co/9vBjO5ObHB- John Weak (CAFCL Finalist) (@_Lehlo) June 27, 2021
My thoughts are that Rooney isn't fit to ever manage a football team ever again https://t.co/o9Z6j5ba17- Marky (@MarkyCTFC) June 27, 2021
0 creativity in that midfield. Oh he's going to be a shitty manager. Poor Derby https://t.co/xfkWaqolbo- :blue_heart:Champions Of Europe:blue_heart::star::star: (@Sir_Menace) June 27, 2021
This is the deadest team that could be put out https://t.co/haJB9aDBwn- kamoinnit:flag_be: (@KamogeloMasege) June 27, 2021
No Grealish, Fodan, Saka! Gotta feel for @dcfcofficial and their fans! Gonna be a long season for them.- Tim Davies :copyright: (@TimD84) June 27, 2021
Fuck Me ! We might aswell play a flat back 11- Stuart Bennett (@StuartBennett88) June 27, 2021
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