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Boothroyd to lead England U21s at Euros

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

England boss Roy Hodgson faces Wayne Rooney dilemma - Henry

Thierry Henry has said England coach Roy Hodgson faces a challenge to accommodate both Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane in his England team for Euro 2016.

Henry, writing in the Sun on Sunday, said Hodgson may have to use Rooney in a No. 10 role if both he and Tottenham star Kane were to start in France.

Kane scored an outstanding goal to put England back into Saturday's friendly against Germany in Berlin, with further strikes from substitute Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier completing a stunning revival from 2-0 down.

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Henry wrote: "Harry Kane is about to make the breakthrough at the very highest level.

"The problem for Roy Hodgson is how he gets both Rooney and Kane into his starting line-up... if that is what he wants.

"Back in the day, Rooney could play anywhere. His movement and energy were incredible. But physically that is not so easy for him any more, and I don't think England can really use him as an effective wide player.

"So if Hodgson wants to start with both Kane and Rooney, it probably means that Wayne would have to play at No. 10."

But the Frenchman stressed that Rooney, out of action since suffering a knee ligament injury in February, "still has so much to offer his country."

He added: "He has to go to France. But these [friendly] games against Germany and Holland without Rooney give Hodgson the perfect opportunity to look at his options against top-class opposition.

"People are always complaining about international friendlies, and club managers don't like them -- but when else can Hodgson experiment with his system and work out the best way to line up at the Euros?"


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