Benayoun: Man Utd’s Rooney will deliver for England

He said: “Wayne Rooney is a big player. You cannot expect him to be the best player every game and score in every game.

“There are times like he is having that every player has. I am one of the leading scorers for the Israel national team and had a spell when I didn’t score for two years.

“You need to keep patience and to believe in yourself during those times and I think Rooney will score a lot more goals for England. He is a top, top player.

“We also raised our defensive game because if you give people like Wayne Rooney and Aaron Lennon a lot of space, we would have lost the game because they are a lot better players than us.

“We made it hard for them. We compressed the space well and they didn’t create a lot of things.”