Wayne Rooney doubles down on Anthony Gordon verdict after what Newcastle man did at Wembley


Former England all-time leading goal scorer and national team captain Wayne Rooney has thrown his support behind Anthony Gordon getting a starting position for England at the European Championships. Gordon earned his third England cap on Friday night in the 1-0 defeat to Iceland, a result that sent Gareth Southgate's side into the tournament in Germany on a sour note.

While there has been plenty of criticism for the way England played against Iceland at Wembley, Rooney has leant his support to Newcastle united winger Gordon, who started on the wing and played 65 minutes before being replaced by Arsenal's Bukayo Saka.

The pair are set to fight for a starting berth in the team that gets the campaign underway next Sunday evening with a match against Serbia, and it's Gordon who Rooney believes should be given the opportunity. “I think since his move from Everton to Newcastle, obviously, I did a similar thing in moving to Manchester United, he got a bit of stick from the Evertonians.. But he’s settled down really well at Newcastle," Rooney told Channel 4

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“He’s brought great creativity, he’s fearless with the ball and works hard. He brings a great balance to the team so, for me, he’s the right person to start off that left.”

With only Jude Bellingham missing from the line-up, England looked to be at full strength for the game against Iceland, suggesting Gordon may already have convinced Southgate he deserves to start. However, Saka is coming back from an injury and his 25 minute cameo may have proved his fitness to get the pick.

Speaking after the game about the disappointing display against Iceland, Rooney doubled-down on his Gordon praise, adding; “England didn't move the ball quickly enough from side to side to get players like Anthony Gordon one-v-one enough.

“The result is not the most important thing, it's about players getting experience. They have to learn from tonight's game.”