Why Jose Mourinho and Roy Hodgson have to overlook Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney’s time may be up (Picture: Getty)As the final whistle blew to confirm Manchester United as FA Cup winners against Crystal Palace on Saturday, the players rushed to congratulate captain Wayne Rooney.But the victory represents little more than a hollow success for the 30-year-old England skipper, just as it did for manager Louis van Gaal, who instantly faced reports he had been replaced by Jose Mourinho.And the Portuguese ‘Special One’ will join Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson in facing a crossroads over England’s talisman this summer.The truth is, Rooney may still wear the armband both club and country, but he no longer deserves to start for either side.It is the reality no-one wants, or yet dares, to admit.Jose Mourinho could face tough decisions over Rooney At times during the cup final it was difficult to tell which was louder – the cheers of Wembley’s 90,000 capacity crowd or the desperate clamour from the media to turn Wayne Rooney into Paul Scholes within the space of six games.

Yes, Rooney did produce a slaloming run to set up Juan Mata’s equaliser – driving past players in his new midfield role, but this is the basic expectation of a player in that position, not something exceptional and worthy of the otherworldly praise.Wayne Rooney is being overhyped in his midfield role following the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)Certainly nothing to justify comparisons with Scholes, perhaps the best English attacking midfielder of the last 20 years.Or at least, not normally, but this is Wayne Rooney we are talking about.England’s national obsession with the star has long transcended his actual performances, instead lost in the illusion of what his Euro 2004 breakthrough represented – a working class hero who backed up English bulldog passion with (gain fifa 16 coins) potential world-class quality.Timid off the pitch, but a sharp tongued lion on it – the player, like Gasgoine before him – embodies English football for better and worse.

This identity is why, from the outset, pundits and commentators have willed the Red Devil to succeed in his deeper role. All the while conveniently forgetting this move was forced upon Van Gaal precisely because the striker could no longer compete up front.And so it continued this weekend. BBC pundit Alan Shearer was tasked with manning the hype machine during pre-match build up at Wembley, revealing Rooney had told him he’d long been waiting to move to midfield.Match commentator Martin Keown similarly talked up Rooney’s ‘effort’ on the pitch, turning a blind eye to his sloppy passing and mistimed tackles – particularly on Yohan Cabaye – borne from faltering pace and suspect composure.All this overly positive encouragement is of course aimed at giving Hodgson a selection headache at next month’s European Championship. Surely he have to start Rooney, his captain, England’s all-time leading goalscorer, in midfield, right?

Rooney does not deserve a starting place ahead of Dele Alli and other young stars (Picture: Getty)Absolutely not. There is no time for sentimentality in international tournament football, nor for Rooney to ‘grow into’ his new position, particularly given the English talents that have emerged this season.It would be simply offensive to discard one of Danny Drinkwater, Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli and Jack Wilshere, players who have built careers in that position, in favour of a striker-turned-midfielder, based purely on reputation.And let’s face it, this reputation for the national side is dubious.

Aston Villa sold: Six factors Randy Lerner got proper at Villa Park

Randy Lerner ultimately sold Aston Villa this week At six.33pm, on Wednesday Might 18, 2016, came the news Aston Villa fans had been waiting for for two years. The club was below new ownership.Randy Lerner’s dysfunctional regime – which followed up blank-cheque spending with asphyxiating austerity and veered from chasing a Champions League place to tumbling out of the top flight – was finally over.To paraphrase T’Pau, our hands are now in China. Dr Tony Jiantong Xia is the new man carrying all our hopes and dreams.Lerner waved farewell with another bizarrely worded, rambling essay, similar to the now infamous “Shunammite statement” he posted when putting the club up for sale.Whatever his words meant, they were infused with one emotion.

Relief. One which, I think, we all share.With the deal close to completion, I asked Villa fans to pick out the good bits from Lerner’s 10-year reign.2006-2010: Backing Martin O’Neill – and knowing when to pull out@andrew_raeburn he gave a huge amount of money and the days below O'Neill were enjoyable. Fans shouldn't forget that— Jon Walker (@JonWalker1983) May well 18, 2016Lerner didn’t appoint Martin O’Neill as Villa boss but was happy to spend whatever was needed to land the Ulsterman’s targets. They gambled on a (gain fifa 16 coins) Champions League windfall but hit a glass ceiling at sixth.When O’Neill wanted yet more investment, Lerner refused and the manager walked.Spending without return was unsustainable – as Leeds and Portsmouth know all too well – and Lerner was probably appropriate to tighten the purse strings.Losing O’Neill, though, precipitated the dreadful appointments of ‘yes man’ managers, who were happy to abide by Lerner’s fiscal frugality.Martin O’Neill quit Aston Villa when he didn’t get the transfer funds he wanted (Picture: Getty Images)2007: Upgrading Bodymoor HeathWhen he was Villa boss, John Gregory once described Villa’s training ground as ‘a shanty town’ in an attack on Doug Ellis’ supposed lack of ambition.Six years later, Lerner made improving the facilities a priority.

Ellis had plans in place when the takeover was approved, but these were enhanced and the budget for the works doubled.Now, Bodymoor Heath – close to The Belfry and Drayton Manor theme park – is among the best in the country.2007: The Holte pub refurbIt wasn’t just the players who were well looked after in Lerner’s initial spurt of enthusiasm. The American ploughed £4 million of his own cash into restoring the old Holte Hotel, a 19th century pub next to Villa Park which had lay derelict for almost 30 years.Reopened as The Holte, it was namechecked by Lerner in his farewell statement as an example of his legacy.2007: Recognising the club’s heroes@andrew_raeburn Plenty. The training ground, Holte Pub refurb, 1982 team properly recognised & Martin O'Neil wasn't bad at the time.

Timeline of Jamie Vardy’s rise from non-league to Premier League

Vardy could was playing non-league just a few seasons ago. (Picture: Getty)On Saturday evening Leicester City will face Manchester United within a top on the table clash together with the (easy way to see fifa coins) looking to stay at the helm of the Premier League heading into December.In what can be only described as probably the most miraculous rises in current history for Leicester, and more possibly poignantly for their star striker Jamie Vardy, it’s a chance to have their names etched into the Premier League record books.Vardy scored his tenth consecutive Premier League goal on Leicester’s 3-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, a goal that would equal a record set by among the list of league’s most lethal strikers, Ruud van Nistelrooy.Little is known about England’s latest goalscoring hope, a man who was playing non-league football just three years ago, a man who was substituted against Reading in the Championship a mere 591 days ago is the same 28-year-old man who is on the cusp of glory, and here’s how he did it:

Every Premier League summer season transfer confirmed

Somehow, only two of those have joined new clubs…Deadline day is now over, marking the end of a transfer window that has seen (easy way to see fifa coins) Premier League clubs spend in excess of £858million.Anthony Martial joining Manchester United was undoubtedly the deal of the day, but there have been plenty of incomings and outgoings that you may have missed – and that’s just Watford.So for those of you that are struggling to keep up with this summer’s transfer business, Metro.co.uk have put together a comprehensive guide of all the deals completed by Premier League clubs over the course of the window.

Michael Emenalo to stay as technical director regardless of Antonio Conte arrival

Michael Emenalo is set to keep (gain fifa 16 coins) Michael Emenalo will remain as Chelsea’s technical director, in line with reports.Question marks were raised as to whether Emenalo would leave the club, with Antonio Conte set to bring Roma’s Sporting director Walter Sabatini to Stamford Bridge.But Chelsea have now decided that he will be part of the set-up under the new coach, based on the Evening Standard.Emenalo was expected to be a major casualty of Chelsea’s poor season after receiving heavy criticism from their supporters over transfers.However, regardless of the issues surrounding him, Chelsea have decided not to review his position and he will remain in his role.