Tuesday 6 December 2016

Rooney facing England battle

England 2 Turkey 1

Published 23/05/2016 | 02:30

England's Harry Kane in action against Turkey's Ismail Koybasi. Photo: Reuters/Carl Recine/Reuters
England's Harry Kane in action against Turkey's Ismail Koybasi. Photo: Reuters/Carl Recine/Reuters
England's Kyle Walker (left) and Turkey's Yasin Oztekin (right) battle for the ball. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA
Harry Kane celebrates with Jamie Vardy after scoring the first goal for England. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

It will require a big call by Roy Hodgson to leave Wayne Rooney on the sidelines for England's Euro 2016 opener against Russia in less than three weeks and a goal apiece from Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy against Turkey will not make the Rooney question any easier for the manager to solve.

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It was scruffy at times, with defensive lapses once again raising concerns prior to the tournament, but when your two forwards score in a victory, it certainly helps paper over the cracks.

But for Kane missing a second-half penalty - won by Vardy - the margin of England's victory over their fellow qualifiers would have been greater.

England went ahead after just three minutes when Kane was incorrectly judged to be onside before latching onto Dele Alli's pass from Raheem Sterling's lay-off.

England's defensive shortcomings were exposed on 14 minutes as Volkan Sen set up Hakan Calhanoglu to equalise.

Kane blasted his penalty wide after Vardy had been upended on 71 minutes, but his blushes were spared when the Leicester striker scored his third international goal on his seventh appearance by burying the loose ball from the rebound after 83 minutes.

Irish Independent

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