Why Sterling – not Rooney – is England’s new talisman

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LONDON — On the face of it, this might have been a perfect evening for Wayne Rooney. In his first game as England captain, he scored the winning goal against Norway to become his country’s fourth-highest goalscorer of all time.

Yet despite his 68th-minute penalty in the 1-0 victory, Rooney’s performance on Wednesday night is likely to fuel the debate over whether the striker should even be starting for England in the first Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland next Monday.

The 28-year-old has found himself in a position where he is captain of England and Manchester United – one of the biggest clubs in the world – and earning £300,000 a week on the back of his reputation rather than current ability.

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