Jack Wilshere would be a World Cup passenger, Wayne Rooney deserved a proper farewell and Michael Carrick’s big opportunity

Wilshere has played just 34 times for England and has not pulled on the jersey since the defeat against Iceland at Euro 2016.


There is little to suggest in his form for Arsenal that he can make any sort of meaningful impact in Russia.

Taking him along for the ride will not make sense to Southgate.

Wayne Rooney deserved a proper farewell

Being a substitute, being substituted, or not even being in the Everton squad is no way for Wayne Rooney to finish his football career in England.

That is the future for Rooney if he remains at Goodison Park, no matter who the manager is, because his 16 year career playing at the very top of the sport is catching up with him.

There is no disgrace in that.


The great shame is that he was denied a farewell at the London Stadium because a knee injury ruled him out of the final game of the season against West Ham.

Even without a send off or any great fanfare, Rooney has earned the right to go on his terms.

Michael Carrick has a huge opportunity now Rui Faria has gone

Michael Carrick conducted himself with his usual dignity and class in his final Manchester United appearance.

Carrick is highly-regarded and he will get the opportunity to impose his ideas on the game when he takes up a role as a coach under the Special One next season.





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As a graduate from West Ham’s academy and with his experience as a Manchester United player, he has so much to offer the game.

With Rui Faria leaving after the FA Cup final, there is a big opportunity for Carrick to make an immediate impression on the first team.

The Premier League should introduce a relegation play-off

The Premier League and Championship should re-introduce double jeopardy for the 18th placed side in the top flight by thrusting them into the play offs.

It would add an extra element, a nerve-tingling edge to knockout football at the end of the season.

The system was last used in 1988, when Chelsea were relegated from the old first division. They survived the semi-final, beating Blackburn 6-1 on aggregate before losing the final to Second Division Middlesbrough.


The season before, when Charlton finished third bottom of the First Division, they came through the semi-final before going on to beat Leeds United in a deciding game at St Andrew’s.

Mauricio Pochettino is playing a high risk game

Mauricio Pochettino played a high-risk game when he called it on with Daniel Levy after Tottenham’s crazy 5-4 win over Leicester.

Poch knows he will be under pressure next season to win a trophy and be launched an emotional, pre-emptive strike at Wembley on Sunday.

To win silverware Poch needs to upgrade some of the players in his squad to try to bridge the gap between Spurs and champions Manchester City.

To do it requires serious investment in the playing squad, but money is tight at Spurs while building work continues on their new stadium at White Hart Lane.

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