England captain, Wayne Rooney has been accused of trying hard to be like Italian footballer, Andrea Pirlo by ex Ireland star Tony Cascarino.
Cascarino said the 30 year-old who stunned fans after playing in a much deeper position during Slovakia clash over estimated his own ability to dictate games from midfield.
“I was lucky enough to play with Glenn Hoddle and he could play a pass blind. “He didn’t have to lift his head up to know where the strikers or wingers wanted the ball, he was always one step ahead and able to play that killer round-the-corner ball.
“It’s the same with Andrea Pirlo. Ridiculously England’s midfield has three of the same in Wayne Rooney, Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson — constantly needing to lift their heads, making it much easier for the opposition to read what will happen next and pick off the pass.
“It’s a split-second thing but a vital one at the highest level. “Rooney thinks he is Pirlo, dropping deep and wanting to dictate play, but he’s not a midfielder and not the great Italian. “They just don’t look like a proper midfield unit who know how to take a back four apart.
“I was shocked with the selection of these three in the first place. Sam Allardyce has always had a midfielder who is a nuisance in the opposition box, such as Kevin Nolan at Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham United, but there was none of that yesterday.”