The record goal scorer for England and Manchester United has urged Gareth Southgate to make changes ahead of their final group game against the Czech Republic on Tuesday evening. Rooney was writing in his weekly column in the Sunday Times and said:
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“It is important Gareth gets the selection right and gives the lads freedom to play, asking them to speed up and, at times, be more direct,” Rooney mused.
“There are certainly changes I hope Gareth makes for Tuesday’s game against the Czech Republic. As I have been saying since the build-up to the tournament, Jack Grealish has to start.
“One thing we have seen, watching him and Raheem Sterling in the two opening games, is how differently England and Manchester City play, and how difficult that makes it for Phil Foden especially to adapt.”
“I would also play Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front with Harry Kane,” Rooney continued.
“Why? Well, in both games Harry has been isolated – especially against Scotland where he had to play against three centre halves, which is always very difficult for a single striker.
“Calvert-Lewin could make a difference. He can run channels, occupy the centre backs, win headers and bring the crossing ability of someone like James into play.
“He could do for England what Olivier Giroud does for France, offering that different option. Kane could play more in the No 10 role he has started occupying for Spurs.”