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Jun 19, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
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Rooney (75')
Gerrard (68')

Raheem Sterling backs Wayne Rooney central position

England attacker Raheem Sterling hints that Wayne Rooney should be deployed in a central role rather than on the wing.

England attacker Raheem Sterling has hinted that he would like to see teammate Wayne Rooney playing in a more central role.

Rooney was deployed on the left wing for much of his side's 2-1 defeat to Italy on Saturday, with his performance in an unfamiliar role being widely criticised.

Sterling played in Rooney's usual spot just behind the striker in that match and, despite receiving plaudits for his performance, the Liverpool youngster believes that moving out to the wing to accommodate Rooney in the middle could be a "really good thing".

"It is up to the manager to decide, at the end other day," Sterling is quoted as saying by PA.

"That is my normal position out on the wing, so with his vision and his passing abilities and my running abilities, it could be a really, really good thing.

"But, as I said, it is down to manager at the end of the day."

Rooney is still searching for his first World Cup goal having failed to find the net in nine appearances at the tournament.

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Raheem Sterling of England replaces Wayne Rooney of England during the international friendly match between England and Peru at Wembley Stadium on May 30, 2014
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