West Ham consider Rooney bid
West Ham have registered interest in signing Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, according to the Sunday Express. The move is coming from above Slaven Bilic, who has only three games to save his career. Instead, the club hierarchy want to sign Rooney in order to mark their move to the London Stadium and to bring frustrated fans on board. They will offer him wages of £150,000 a week.
Paper Round's view: Signing Rooney for West Ham is a much bigger risk than him being bought by a Chinese club, even if it's on reduced wages. There is nothing in the last three years which suggests that Rooney can cope with the rigours of Premier League football any more. If you are going to commit to such huge wages then it makes much more sense to do it for a player on the up, not one who considered semi-retirement just a month ago.
Defoe to start for England
With Harry Kane injured, and as Jamie Vardy picked up a knock against Germany in Dortmund, 34-year-old Jermain Defoe will return to England duty to start for Gareth Southgate against Lithuania this evening. Defoe has continued to score regularly for Sunderland, and against a team as limited as Lithuania, England should not suffer too much without either Kane or Vardy.
Paper Round's view: Last night, Olivier Giroud helped France against Luxembourg by being on hand to convert simple chances. It meant that despite Luxembourg sitting back for almost all of the match, and despite France's poor performance, they could scrape by nonetheless. England certainly need the same as they field a weakened team and lack confidence under pressure.
Rooney still in contention for England duty
Rooney is not out of contention to lead England yet, says manager Gareth Southgate. Parallels were drawn between Rooney and Lukas Podolski's last match, but Southgate says he is still willing to consider him for international duty, even if he doesn't play much. “I don’t understand why there has been this talk of a tribute match, like Lukas Podolski had for Germany against us last Wednesday. And there was no problem about missing a team meeting last week to have treatment. He wasn’t the only one – there were others like Harry Kane and Danny Rose. The ideal scenario is to have players who are playing regularly for their clubs but I’ve got to be open-minded."
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