Wayne Rooney downplays debate over his England role

Dele Alli insists he will happily play anywhere for England as he faces a fight with captain Wayne Rooney to start in his preferred position.

"Dele played the role that Rooney should have been playing last night".

That position is where Rooney has started this campaign for Jose Mourinho's Manchester United having been deployed much deeper in midfield by both club boss Louis van Gaal and former England manager Roy Hodgson past year.

"Everyone likes a bit of competition".

"The manager spoke to me and from what happened a year ago I had to miss the last three games, so I realised I can't do those sorts of things", said Alli at an England media conference on Friday.

Wayne Rooney is set to line up in a No. 10 role behind Harry Kane with Raheem Sterling and Lallana on the wings. "I'm just going to keep working hard on and off the training field".

"I'm young, I'm 20 now and I've hopefully got a long career ahead of me".

"We need to get someone closer to the centre forward if we don't play two centre forwards - that was a main problem for us [against Slovakia]", he told Sky Sports Now.

The midfielder was retrospectively banned for the final three matches of last season after punching West Brom's Claudio Yacob in the stomach in an off-the-ball incident.

With Allardyce having named his XI well in advance of kick-off, daily fantasy football game Oulala has taken a look at who should have made the starting XI based on the opening three games of the Premier League season. There were definitely a lot of things that I've learnt from last season. It's not a big thing and I think there's a big over-reaction to it.

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