Sam Allardyce has warned that Wayne Rooney will need to feature regularly for Manchester United in order to keep his spot in the England team intact.
Upon his appointment as new England manager, Allardyce had stated that he is open to making a mass overhaul in the Three Lions setup.
As a result, it is believed that the regular England starters could find their place in jeopardy under Allardyce if they do not perform at club level and the 61-year-old has now gone on to warn that even captain Rooney could lose his spot in the lineup if he fails to feature regularly for United following the summer arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and emergence of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Allardyce said: “If a player has a loss of form or loses his place at his club, even if he’s been an England regular, he’s not going to be an automatic selection for the national side. This is because I would be doing myself harm and it doesn’t do the player any favours.
“If they’re in good form and they’re playing great, and they make the selection process very difficult, then I’m very happy about that.
“I’m very happy if they all challenge me and say: ‘Why are you not picking me? Look at the form I’m in. Why don’t you give me a chance?’ So the door’s open for everybody.
“Wayne had been playing central midfield for Manchester United for the last ten games. I didn’t think he did too badly. Personally, I thought he was good.
“What I’d say about Wayne is that he’s a vastly-experienced player now and he’s great at scoring goals. We lost that opportunity for a goalscorer to have scored more goals.
“But before the tournament that didn’t look like it would be a problem, did it? We had looked like a free-scoring international team both in the qualifiers and the friendlies, then we dried up.”