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Playing Wayne Rooney as a No 10 against Scotland is more of a risk than Daniel Sturridge playing as a striker, according to Stua
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20:23, Jun 24 2019
Playing Wayne Rooney as a No 10 against Scotland is more of a risk than Daniel Sturridge playing as a striker, according to Stuart Pearce. Oskar Sundqvist Jersey . Gareth Southgate has been tipped to choose Sturridge to lead Englands attack in their World Cup qualifier against the Scots at Wembley on Friday, despite the Liverpool forwards failure to score a Premier League goal this season,Manchester Uniteds Rooney has been confirmed to start as captain, but Pearce - who was part of the England side that beat Scotland at Euro 96 - is concerned by the prospect of Rooney playing behind Sturridge. Gareth Southgate confirmed Rooney will captain England in Friday nights World Cup qualifier with Scotland at Wembley When asked if starting Sturridge would be dangerous, Pearce told Sky Sports News HQ: I dont think its a risk at all. England interim manager Southgate opted to play Sturridge in the goalless draw with Slovenia in their last World Cup qualifier in October, with Rooney placed on the bench. Jurgen Klopp has selected Roberto Firmino to lead the line for Liverpool in recent weeks and kept Sturridge among the substitutes, while Rooney has regained his place in Jose Mourinhos starting line-up for Manchester United. Sturridge hit the woodwork twice as Liverpool beat Watford 6-1 last weekend However, Pearce is suitably convinced by Sturridges 20-minute appearance in Liverpools 6-1 win over Watford in the Premier League last weekend to back the forward for England, but believes doubts still surround Rooney.Sturridge came off the bench, I think he had five efforts at goal and hit the woodwork twice, said Pearce. One thing you do know is he is going to have efforts at goal. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ￡6.99. No contract. The big problem for me will come back to the Rooney situation. If Rooney is going to play just behind the striker, and Scotland are going to sit deep, I think Wayne just wants to play deep and get on the ball.If he does, Sturridge will be very isolated. Rooney cannot afford to keep dropping deep beyond their midfield. Hes got to stay beyond their midfield and look for space, and get on the ball.Thats where the question mark around Rooney keeps coming up, time and time again. Its because he wants to play deeper where theres no traffic of players, get on the ball and start spraying it around. If we play with two holders, youre wasting players. Also See: England v Scotland preview Rooney coming back into form VOTE: England or Scotland? WATCH: Classic England v Scotland goals Jaden Schwartz Jersey . Louis Cardinals continued their offensive tear with a 9-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a four-game series. Pavol Demitra Jersey . - Defensive end-linebacker Mike Neal apparently is returning to the Packers. http://www.wholesalebluesjerseys.com/?tag=cheap-scottie-upshall-jersey . Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Fiorentina levelled on aggregate in the 14th minute when Joaquin Sanchez Rodriguez headed back a long ball from David Pizarro and Pasqual smashed home an angled volley.Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Lou Williams 18 points and a strong second half enabled the Toronto Raptors to pull away for a 95-82 victory over the Orlando Magic at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors stepped up on the defensive end to overcome a 52-44 halftime deficit, holding Orlando to a mere 30 points while forcing 12 turnovers over the final two quarters to earn their 10th straight win over the Magic. Orlando shot just 37.1 percent in the second half after hitting at a 59 percent clip prior to the break. Youre not going to win too many games scoring 30 points in a half, Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn said. Williams and Kyle Lowry each made big impacts as well, with the latter tallying 11 of his 17 points after intermission in addition to dishing out eight assists. Tobias Harris led Orlando with 18 points but had only four in the second half. Ben Gordon finished with 16 points in the loss, with Nikola Vucevic posting 13 points and nine rebounds. Despite their second-half struggles, the Magic had the score knotted at 63-63 entering the latter stages of the third quarter. The Raptors then got hot from the perimeter, putting together an 11-2 run to take control. Lowry began the surge with a 3-pointer and Patrick Patterson buried two more to cap the stretch, which staked the Raptors to a 74-65 lead 1:37 into the fourth quarter. We came out more aggressive, Lowry said. We had to keep our intensity up. Threes from Evan Fournier and Channing Frye highlighted a 7-0 stretch that cut the margin to two, but the Magic then failed to score for nearly four minutes as Toronto put the game away with a 12-0 swing. Thhe tone of the first half changed after Fournier temporarily exited midway through the second quarter, the result of an inadvertent elbow to the nose from the Raptors Tyler Hansbrough as the two battled for a rebound underneath the basket. Al Macinnis Jersey. . Hansbrough scored on the play to give Toronto a 42-36 lead, but the Magic recorded the next 10 points and ended the half on a 16-2 run to take a 52-44 advantage at the break. Harris accounted for the first eight points of the surge, with Gordon netting the next six. Toronto regrouped following the break and hit four of its first five shots of the third quarter, starting a 12-4 flurry that evened the score at 56-56. Five straight points from Landry Fields shortly afterward had the Raptors up 63-58 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the frame, but a Gordon three and a Harris jumper quickly deadlocked things once again. The Raptors were up by as many as 10 points early on, building a 24-14 lead late in the first quarter on the strength of a 14-2 spurt. Orlando then countered with a 13-4 push to close within one on Gordons driving layup to begin the second period. Game Notes Fournier received several stitches for a lacerated lip but returned to the game with 5:29 left in the third quarter. He finished with 11 points ... The Raptors improved to 11-0 this season when holding their opponent under 100 points ... Toronto went 11-of-30 from beyond the arc, compared to a 4-of-15 display for the Magic ... With Williams and Patterson (10 points) leading the way, the Raptors bench outscored Orlandos reserves by a 44-25 margin. 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