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. Fake Yeezy Boost 350 V2 . 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 Fake Yeezys Store . Judging by his performance Saturday night, Cotto has plenty left in the tank. Cotto became the first Puerto Rican fighter to win world championships in four weight divisions, stopping Sergio Martinez in their WBC world middleweight title fight Saturday night. Fake Yeezys 2019 . -- Felix Girard scored on the power play in the third period to lift the Baie-Comeau Drakkar past the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4-3 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action Friday.SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Flyers are ready for the playoffs. Claude Giroux scored two goals and the Flyers clinched a Stanley Cup playoff berth by beating the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Tuesday. Tye McGinn, Sean Couturier and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Flyers and Steve Mason made 38 saves. The Flyers won their second consecutive game after losing the four previous games and after a 1-7 start to the season, making the playoffs is a big relief. "From the start we got, from the first (eight) games, weve got to be proud of what weve done," Lecavalier said. "Obviously we have to finish strong and make sure that were ready and confident for that first round." Jonathan Huberdeau and Erik Gudbranson scored goals for Florida and Dan Ellis stopped 22 shots. Ellis substituted for Roberto Luongo, a late scratch with an upper-body injury. After the game, Panthers coach Peter Horachek said Luongos injury was muscular soreness and not serious. The Panthers didnt go easily. Trailing 4-0, they scored two goals early in the third period to close to 4-2 and make the Flyers nervous. "We kind of took our foot off the gas," Giroux said. "We only have three games to kind of work on our game and be ready for the playoffs." The Flyers scored four goals in the second period, including three on their first four shots. The Flyers took a 1-0 lead when Lecavalier found a loose puck in the slot and wristed it between Ellis pads at 2:02 for his 20th goal of the season. The Flyers have seven 20-goal scorers. Philadelphia went ahead 2-0 when Giroux fired a shot from the top of the right circle that got cleanly by Ellis at 6:29. The Flyers stretched their lead to 3-0 a few minutes later on Girouxs second goal. Mark Streit dropped a pass to Giroux in the slot and his wrist shot beat Ellis at 8:50. Fake Yeezy Boost 350 V3. "Just a couple of shots where I?was able to get open and shoot it on net," Giroux said. "Obviously those goals were huge for us to get the lead." Philadelphia went ahead 4-0 with 4:57 left in the second when Couturier wristed in a rebound from the right side. It was his first goal in 18 games. The Panthers have lost six of their past seven games and Ellis has lost all five starts with the Panthers since being acquired from Dallas on March 5. "It was a good start (in the first) but in the second period I just let in four bad goals," Ellis said. "I take responsibility for that loss. ... I cant let two pucks go right through me." Gudbranson scored 1:14 into the third when he fired a shot from just inside the blue line that got past Mason to make the score 4-1. Huberdeau pulled the Panthers to 4-2 when he poked the puck between Masons pads at 5:38 of the third. It was the first goal for Huberdeau since Jan. 20 at Pittsburgh, a span of 19 games. "Obviously, we made it closer than it should have been," said Flyers coach Craig Berube, who was happy the team clinched a spot in the playoffs. "They went through a lot and they battled hard all year. Theyre a good group of guys, good character, and they deserve a lot of credit for making the playoffs." The Flyers made it 5-2 when McGinn took a pass from Lecavalier from behind the net and poked the puck past Ellis with 4:54 left in the third. NOTES: Flyers R Steve Downie returned to the lineup after missing eight games with an upper-body injury. ... Huberdeau returned after missing 11 games with a lower-body injury. ... The Panthers recalled centre Drew Shore from AHL San Antonio and reassigned forward Bobby Butler to the Rampage. ' ' '
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