‘Wayne Rooney doesn’t deserve an England World Cup place’
Alan Hudson claims that Wayne Rooney is partly to blame for Manchester United's "awful" season and shouldn't go to Brazil
Wayne Rooney must share the blame for Manchester United’s “awful” season and does not deserve a place in the England squad for the World Cup, according to former Chelsea midfielder Alan Hudson.
The 28-year-old is expected to earn a spot in the 23-man squad travelling to Brazil at the end of the season but Hudson feels that the England international has yet to prove himself on the international stage.
He is not world class because he’s never proved it on the world stage
“I wouldn’t pick him. I’m surprised everyone still calls him world class,” Hudson told the Reuters Global Sports Forum.
“United have been awful this season and I put some of that down to Rooney.
“He is not world class because he’s never proved it on the world stage. He turns up every now and then and great players don’t just turn up every now and then.
“He’s got to be consistent at the highest level. We made Rooney into a ‘superstar’ at a very young age when he didn’t deserve to be put in that bracket.
“If you said to a United fan, ‘who would you prefer up front – Rooney or Eric Cantona?’ – I think the answer would be Cantona every time.”
Rooney has scored 17 goals and made 10 assists in 29 Premier League games this season.