Liverpool legend Hansen: Hodgson must find Rooney's best England position

Liverpool legend Alan Hansen says England coach Roy Hodgson needs to fine-tune the role of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Hansen wrote in the Telegraph: "... as Hodgson now looks towards the World Cup in Brazil, the harsh reality is that England do not have a centre forward and it is an issue which risks Rooney becoming isolated, frustrated and worn-out.

"Just go through the names. Rickie Lambert has scored a couple of goals for England this season, but you cannot see him playing in a World Cup finals.

"Andy Carroll has had injury problems at West Ham that have stalled his international progress, while Peter Crouch is seemingly no longer under consideration.

"Danny Welbeck is deployed wide by club and country, while Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe are not line-leading centre-forwards.

"So against Chile, Rooney found himself playing as the most advanced forward and that role, in itself, automatically diminishes the prospects of him producing his best and most dangerous form.

"It was evident against Chile that Wayne needs to fine-tune his game for England and that is as much down to him as Hodgson."

 
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