Kane or Rooney to lead

Last updated : 29 March 2016 By Hoggg

With the Euro’s approaching fast and players pushing on to represent their country I would like to draw your attention to the current conversational piece of Wayne vs Harry and who should lead the line at Euro 2016.


Ok unbiased approach..

England 2015 – 2016 (11 games). 

Rooney: 5 goals 7 appearances 0.71 goals to games ratio

Kane: 4 goals 9 appearances 0.444 goals to games ratio



Rooney: 7

Kane: 5


Goals in starting 11

Rooney: 5

Kane: 1


Club Football

Rooney: 14 goals 32 games. Goals to games ratio 0.4375

Kane: 24 goals 43 games. Goals to games ratio 0.558


Form (past 10 games)

Rooney: 10 starts 6 goals 0.6 goals to games ratio

Kane: 8 starts 7 goals 0.875 goals to games ratio


The stats show that Kane is in form and the more effective striker this season, however in an England shirt some will argue he is more effective as a substitute.


For the starting striker fans and pundits could argue either man should start. Rooney has been more effective for England, whereas Kane is the in-form striker (scoring in the away win over Germany).


It’s at this point that you have to then look at the link up; the team mates, which is where I believe I will LOOK bias.


Currently there are 4 Tottenham players in the English team, 1 in defence, 2 in midfield and 1 up front. Dele has only started 2 of the England’s games this seasons (winning both) and with him being the midfield maestro you have to say that he needs familiar faces around him, which is why Kane then becomes the viable option. The 2 play exceptionally well together and can read each other well. Rooney does not have that with the current squad members. Then taking into account Rose as the full back and Dier as the defensive midfielder again the tally of for's keep rising.


Although Rooney has a good record for England his goals in a physical tournament (not qualification) is poor. It can be said that he has been unlucky in most of his tournaments, but his last one (2012) he was poor on his own accord. It’s all good scoring but you need to score when it matters and seems as he has faltered it’s time to pass the responsibility onto someone new. Kane to start is my decision, but my reasoning makes sense on a further 2 levels.


  1. For Rooney to have to produce good performances from the bench to get back into the squad.
  2. Offer Kane the opportunity to cement his place (only possible if he keeps performing) and likely he will replicate his form for club for country.


I really can’t see this in any other way, but importantly it benefits all those involved, both strikers and team members.


What are your thoughts? Is it time for Wayne to step aside? Or should he be given one more chance?



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