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Wayne Rooney makes his punditry debut - 'my son wants Vardy on his shirt'

Callum Davis

Published 30/03/2016 | 08:40

Wayne Rooney says his son wants Jamie Vardy's shirt
Wayne Rooney says his son wants Jamie Vardy's shirt

Wayne Rooney made his first appearance as a television pundit ahead of England's friendly match with the Netherlands.

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With the England captain currently unavailable for selection through injury, the 30-year-old made his punditry debut on ITV alongside former England internationals, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon.

The Three Lions captain's place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad is up for fierce debate at the moment following England's impressive 3-2 victory over world champions Germany.

Despite his absence, Rooney showed his support for his triumphant teammates by tweeting his congratulations after the result in Berlin.

The form of Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane has meant Rooney's assumed place in England's team for their opening game against Russia has come under scrutiny.

And despite the fact his starting place is under threat from the rise of Jamie Vardy, Rooney revealed his son is a massive fan of the Leicester striker.

Jamie Vardy celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for England
Jamie Vardy celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for England

The last time Wayne Rooney appeared in the ITV studio in the aftermath of England's demolition of San Marino, the striker appalled audiences with his sock and sandals combination.

Viewers' appetite for Rooney's first appearance as pundit was whetted when a picture of the Manchester United forward in make-up was tweeted by football journalist, Jacqui Oatley.

Despite holding the record for the most amount of international goals for his country, Roy Hodgson has admitted Rooney's place in his Euro 2016 starting up line-up is by no means guaranteed.

However the former Everton striker claimed the competition for places was good for England, adding the quality on offer "excited him."

"As I've said throughout my career, I never take my place for granted. It's great the competition is there - it's exciting, I'm excited to be part of it. I'm going to keep going and get ready.

"I think first of all I want England to be successful and win trophies and I want to be part of that. It's an opportunity for us to do well in the summer. I want to be there and be involved."

England's Daniel Sturridge (left) walks past manager Roy Hodgson after he is substituted
England's Daniel Sturridge (left) walks past manager Roy Hodgson after he is substituted

"I don't think I'm fighting for my place. There are so many of them who haven't been to a tournament - I think you can get away with one player like that but it's important the likes of myself and Joe Hart make them comfortable on the pitch."

The England veteran has received backing from former England international, Teddy Sheringham.

Sheringham, who scored 11 times in 51 appearances for England, has insisted Rooney partnered with Harry Kane would be the "perfect strike-force."

“Wayne Rooney should start for England without a doubt. He’s the England captain,” Sheringham told Squawka.

Earlier this week, Roy Hodgson rejected suggestions Wayne Rooney is underserving of a place in England's Euro 2016 squad.

"Wayne has captained the team extremely well these past two years, taken us through a qualification campaign, where we had complete success, 10 wins out of 10,' Hodgson said.

"So it doesn't please me too much when it is suggested the moment he gets injured and doesn't play he deserves to be jettisoned."

"He certainly doesn't deserve that, and when he comes back and is fit again he is going to be putting enormous pressure on these players."

Telegraph.co.uk

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