Stunning stats show why England are right to drop Manchester United’s Rooney

By Mark Peters IN General - 20:10 Oct 10th 2016

Wayne Rooney was subjected to booing as England scraped past Malta at Wembley on Saturday evening, though the Manchester United man was operating in a deeper position than he perhaps would have liked.

Ahead of what is a tricky-looking trip to Slovenia, Gareth Southgate has taken the correct decision to drop his captain in favour of a more natural midfield player.

WAYNE ROONEY

In terms of his performances this season, there has been little justification for the 30-year-old keeping his place ahead of someone like Eric Dier.

The England veteran’s continued involvement up to this point can therefore only be the result of his ability to help his side in other ways, using his experience to make the team better:

Wayne Rooney
POS: FWDAGE: 30Y 11M
HEIGHT: 5FT 10INWEIGHT: 13ST 0LB
 
PL | MNU | 15/1615/16 15/16 | MNU | PL
WITHWITHOUT
28
MATCHES
10
46%
WIN%
60%
29%
DRAW%
10%
25%
LOSS%
30%
37
GOALS FOR
12
25
GOALS AGAINST
10
1.3
GOALS F
PER GAME
1.2
0.9
GOALS A
PER GAME
1
68.1
MINS PER
GOALS F
75
100.8
MINS PER
GOALS A
90
8.1
SHOTS F
PER GAME
6.6
1.7
POINTS
PER GAME
1.9
14
CLEAN SHEETS
4
9
TOTAL
4

If we look at Manchester United’s Premier League record last season with and without Rooney, however, then we can see that his presence actually had a negative effect on results.

The Red Devils won 60% of their top-flight fixtures when the former Everton man was missing, as opposed to just 46% when he was involved.

THOUGHTS

Gareth Southgate has spoken about his players being “brave with the ball” and now he has shown his bravery by opting to leave Rooney on the sidelines. If the numbers hold true, then this could well be the move that lands him the England job on a permanent basis.

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One Comment

  1. Posted October 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I can’t see the stats for tonight’s game, is it missing, or am I not looking hard enough?
    Thanks