German legend Franz Beckenbauer says England need Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to be starting games at the World Cup.

All the doubt and speculation swirling about England's star man bewilder almost all foreign observers, as does the experiment of playing him out of position as left wide boy.

Beckenbauer told the Mail on Sunday: "Rooney is one of the best centre forwards in the world. He is England's weapon. He comes with a guarantee - a guarantee of goals."

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