Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT that he wants Wayne Rooney to play as a number 10 for England at the European Championship this summer.
As Three Lions captain, the 30-year-old is all-but guaranteed a starting role under Roy Hodgson, although many fans believe Rooney does not deserve a place in the team given his poor form this season.
Even his recent conversion from attacker to midfielder does not fit him into many people’s best XI, although Murphy believes Rooney should feature at number 10, with Dele Alli out on the left of a midfield diamond following his success with Tottenham.
Speaking to Colin Murray, nine-capped Murphy said: “I would play those two [Vardy and Kane] up top, and let them cause havoc. I’d play the diamond with Dier sitting, and I’d have Rooney at the tip of it.
“Dele Alli’s happy coming in from the left, he did it loads for Tottenham; him and Eriksen swapped a lot.
“So you’d have Rooney at the tip of it, and if he was starved of the ball higher up, he could drop deep anyway and get on the ball.
“Then it allows Vardy to stretch [the opposition] and play in the position he loves.”
In a midfield diamond, the fourth position needs to be an energetic option who provides the box-to-box presence alongside his more technical teammates.
For Murphy, this position should be occupied by recent debutant Danny Drinkwater, although he doesn’t believe Hodgson will take the Leicester star to the finals tournament.
He continued: “For me, on the right, I’d probably play Drinkwater – but I think he’ll play Henderson. I don’t think he’ll take Drinkwater [to the Euros].”