Sir Geoff Hurst casts doubt on Wayne Rooney England place
Wayne Rooney has had doubts cast on whether or not he will be guaranteed a place in the England squad for Euro 2012 following comments made by footballing legend Sir Geoff Hurst...
Rooney was recently handed a three match ban from international football after he kicked Miodrag Dzudovic during England's 2-2 draw with Montenegro last week – the incident was described as an “assault” by officials after the match had finished.
Hurst believes that Rooney should not have a position held for him if England do manage to progress past the knockout rounds of the Euro 2012 competition.
"If they did well, I think the strong argument would be not to bring Wayne back [into the starting XI],” commented Hurst, when discussing other strikers chances of overtaking Rooney in the 'pecking order'.
Hurst, who is 69-years-old, also said that he believes Fabio Capello has a difficult decision ahead of him if other strikers within the England squad show promise.
"There is the opportunity, without Wayne, for the individual strikers to perform and ensure they play well in the first three games,” said Hurst.
"If the strikers played well and scored goals, it would be a huge decision for him [Fabio Capello] to make.
"Alf Ramsey made that brave decision and many criticised him for it before the [1966 World Cup] final but it all turned out fairly well in the end," he pointed out.
Meanwhile, ex-England striker Alan Shearer said that he thinks Rooney should definitely be allowed to go to the finals if the opportunity arises.
"I think anyone else maybe not, but he is England's best player," commented Shearer.
Ladbrokes, Stan James and BetFred currently offer 7/2 odds that Germany will go on to win the 2012 Euro finals.