FORMER Albion boss Alan Mullery has told Roy Hodgson to play Wayne Rooney in his correct position – or drop him.

Mullery, now an ambassador for the Seagulls, won 35 caps for England and represented his country at the 1970 World Cup finals.

Rooney has come under criticism for his performance as England lost 2-1 to Italy in their group D opener on Saturday. The Manchester United forward provided a sublime cross for Daniel Sturridge to score England’s goal but otherwise looked uncomfortable in an out-of-position role on the left wing.

Mullery said: “I would leave him out because I think the balance would be better, unless we play him in the position where he loves to be – in the box and scoring goals.

“Rooney is a big, big star. If we play him in the right position, fine. If not, he can’t play wide on the left hand side so pick somebody that can.”