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Could Man Utd skipper lose his national place to the new guard?

| 12.02.2015

Hype. It’s a strange phenomenon, especially in football. If it’s positive it can get you a run in the side earlier than expected, but if its negative it can lose you your job; unless you’re an England star, in which case no amount of negativity can get you dropped.

As Roy Hodgson prepares for his first squad announcement of 2015 by travelling around the country to watch Premier League game after Premier League game, it could be argued that he may as well give up on watching Wayne Rooney, such is the Manchester United man’s poor form.

As many as six Englishmen currently put forward a better case for national-team inclusion than the striker, with Harry Kane leading all of them with a stunning run of form.

Ahead of England’s latest Euro 2016 qualification outing against Lithuania in Group E, which the Three Lions are 1/12 to win, we’ve strung out Hodgson’s candidates like a daisy chain.

Unsurprisingly for a player that is yet to register a goal in 2015, Rooney is at the bottom of the pile.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.