What next for Wayne Rooney?

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Dropped from the Manchester United team and now by England, things are looking distinctly bleak for the former golden boy of English football.

Out of form and now out of both teams that he represents, is it time for our Wayne to move on?

Deemed too slow to play up front, not dynamic enough to play the deep midfield role he now seems intent on filling, and not good enough to be chosen for England ahead of Dele Alli in the number 10 position, Rooney has become a square peg that doesn’t fit any of the round holes currently on offer.

Despite having played more than 700 games for club and country, Rooney is still only 30-years-old, which is not old for a football player. With even the most conservative estimate, Rooney should have at least another five years in him at the top level.

For a start, Rooney should consider quitting international football to concentrate on his club form as this would lift a huge burden from his shoulders. After all, he has nothing left to prove in an England shirt.

Rooney is already the nation’s record goalscorer and although he has not won any major international honours, this is unlikely to change even if he were to stick around for a few more years.

There is no doubt that Rooney is still a class act, and it is only a matter of time before he regains his form. The best way for him to do that would to maybe move away from Old Trafford. Stay anywhere for too long and things become a bit stale, and after 13 seasons at United, Rooney could be revitalised by the chance to ply his trade somewhere new.

Even a Wayne Rooney playing at 75 percent of his old self is good enough to walk into the first team of many club sides across Europe and escaping the constant scrutiny of the British press and public may be just the tonic he needs.

Rooney may have been strongly linked with a move to the cash-rich Chinese Super League, but if he is still serious about his football then Europe or even the US should be his priority over a league that is big on star names but low on quality.

His Chinese swan song can wait for a year or two yet.

Richard Hazeldine

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