Wayne Rooney laments the death of the 'number nine' in modern game rant

BBC Sport Euro 2024 Ex-England skipper Wayne Rooney on Channel 4 duty during the international friendly match between England and Iceland at Wembley Stadium on June 07, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)
Ex-England skipper Wayne Rooney has concerns about the modern game (Image credit: Getty Images)

Wayne Rooney has taken aim at the state of the modern game, claiming current tactical preferences have seen a decline in traditional strikers over recent years.

Regarded as one of the greatest strikers of his generation, Rooney himself helped usher in a new era of forward capable of more than just finishing chances and holding up the ball, with his immense power and passing range making him the perfect utility man for whoever he was paired up front with during his years at Goodison Park, Old Trafford and on the international stage with England.

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James Ridge is a freelance journalist based in the UK. He recently spent time with The United Stand as an online news editor and has covered the beautiful game from England’s eighth tier all the way to the Premier League.