Sheringham throws his weight behind Rooney

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rooney is England's all-time record goal scorer
Rooney is England's all-time record goal scorer

Former Manchester United and England star Teddy Sheringham believes Wayne Rooney still has a future at international level despite Roy Hodgson's England side hitting top form in his absence.

There have been calls for the curtain to be brought down on Rooney's record breaking international career after England's impressive 3-2 away win against Germany in his absence last weekend, but Sheringham offers an alternative view.

"He's a proven goal scorer at international level. He knows the game and he knows where to be at the right time," the former Spurs marksman told Sky Sports.

"I think he would accommodate Harry Kane perfectly. I feel his best position is just behind the front man. He wouldn't get in Kane's way, and Kane wouldn't get in Rooney's way.

"He makes the team tick, he can play defensively if need be in that sort of area. I think we're going to need that experience.

"He's been there at those major tournaments - it's not just about youth and pace - you have to have a bit of everything in a football team, and Rooney adds so much."

Sheringham was also fulsome in his praise of Harry Kane, after the Spurs striker appeared to cement his place in the England side with his display against the Germans.

"I think he's got everything as a striker. He can score with his left foot, right foot, headed goals, he can score from range and in the six-yard box.

"He can run long he can drop off into areas that ask the defenders questions, he can hold the ball up and he's strong. He's got a bit of everything.

"He's the complete striker. At an early age, he's very unusual. You don't usually get to know your own game until you are 26, 27 or 28, when you come into your prime.

"He seems to know about his game - he wants to score goals and he wants to show you that he wants to score goals, and long may it continue."