By Amir Mir
Martin Keown believes England captain Wayne Rooney cannot compete with Tottenham ace Dele Alli.
Manchester United forward Rooney was dropped to the bench as England struggled to a disappointing 0-0 draw against Slovenia in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.
But Rooney did start the 2-0 win against lowly Malta on Saturday, with his midfield counterpart Alli getting on the scoresheet at Wembley.
Former Gunners defender Keown gave his comparison of 30-year-old Rooney and his 21-year-old Three Lions teammate Alli.
“Rooney can’t compete with Alli in the midfield,” Keown told the Daily Mail. “The Tottenham man looks like a middle-distance runner in comparison when he breaks into the box and closes people down.”
Alli joined Spurs from League One outfit MK Dons in the summer of 2015 and he excelled in his first season at the north London club, scoring ten goals in 33 league appearances.
The attacking midfielder was named the PFA’s Young Player of the Year, and was awarded goal of the season for his wonder strike against Crystal Palace.
This season Alli has netted three goals for club and country, while Rooney has struggled for form scoring just one goal this term.
In recent weeks Rooney has been dropped to the bench by both club manager Jose Mourinho and international boss Gareth Southgate, as England’s all-time leading goalscorer has been trying to get to grips with playing in a much deeper role.
In other Tottenham team news, Graham Roberts has given a message to the Spurs players ahead of their clash against West Brom.