Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has urged England manager Gareth Southgate to make three changes for his side’s final World Cup Group B match against Wales on Tuesday.
Rooney believes Three Lions captain Harry Kane should rest for the Wales game, while Manchester City player Phil Foden should start on the left side of attack.
According to him, West Ham’s Declan Rice and Dortmund’s Judd Bellingham should be involved in midfield.
In his column for The Times, Rooney said: “Gareth Southgate needs to make changes for Tuesday’s game with Wales, and given it would take almost a miracle not to qualify, this is the perfect opportunity for him to give minutes to players who haven’t qualified. He’s been used a lot so far.”
My starting XI [Phil] Foden on the left and Bukayo Saka battle it out with Raheem Sterling for a spot on the right.
“I’d also like to bring in another midfielder who plays alongside Declan Rice, and release Judd Bellingham to play at No. 10.”
Here’s Rooney’s starting XI for England against Wales:
Forwards: Wilson, Foden, Saka/Sterling
Midfield: Bellingham, Henderson / Phillips, Rice
Defenders: Shaw, Maguire, Stones, Trippier
World Cup: Rooney asks Southgate’s players to take part in the England v Wales game