The absence of Wayne Rooney during England’s finest footballing hour for many a year strikes as no coincidence for several journalists and armchair experts alike.
Sidelined with a knee injury, the Manchester United striker was forced to watch on as Harry Kane splendidly led the line of an exuberant, energetic Three Lions outfit that were superior to world champions Germany in every department.
It will certainly be difficult for Roy Hodgson to justify tampering with the Berlin blueprint at Euro 2016, which England are priced at 9/1 to win.
Obviously, this would leave no room for Rooney and dropping the captain is a move the majority of supporters are in favour of.
But despite England’s excellence in Germany, this is a turn of events that is never going to happen – so long as he is fit, Rooney will play at the Euros.
Similarly, Kane has proved a bigger goal threat and superior solo striker to the Man Utd skipper this season and he too must start. Also, deviating from a front three can’t happen either.
Based on this, there’s no place for Rooney in his preferred forward berth, but there is a spot in the midfield trio available for him.
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson was freed from the shackles imposed upon him at club level and was heavily involved in England’s attacking play at the Olympiastadion.
Frequently bursting beyond the forward line, Henderson found himself in many threatening positions as he caused the German defence countless problems. However, he lacks the flair, creativity and execution to make the most of these advantageous situations.
A good corner in stoppage time led to Eric Dier completing England’s 3-2 victory, but as the chief playmaking force, the former Sunderland star is a long way from the required world-class status.
That’s not to say Rooney is there, but few would debate he is better equipped to exploit the positions in the final third Henderson found himself in and would be the ideal experienced foil to rookie twosome Dier and Dele Alli in the Three Lions’ engine room.
He has performed admirably as a centre-midfielder for Man Utd in the past and can be key there for England this summer.