Wayne Rooney must continue to start for England

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Inches away from hero status… is this Man United star’s criticism deserved?

Date: 16th June 2014 at 7:01pm
Written by Christy Malyan

A matter of inches, a goal post's exact width to be precise, was the difference between Wayne Rooney becoming an England hero against Italy on Saturday night. Unsurprisingly, he's now been labelled fairly unanimously as the Three Lions' biggest, most overpaid and underperforming, zero. Alan Smith of Arsenal and Sky Sports fame believes the Manchester United star should now be dropped along with Liverpool's Glen Jonhson, the Daily Mail have described his performance as 'underwhelming' and massaged the wound with a plethora of salt by dubbing his shanked corner 'the worst ever' (not just England's worst ever, but quite ridiculously, football's worst ever), and the Telegraph's Paul Hayward is now questioning Rooney's 'relevance' to the England cause. It's interesting how split seconds can quickly define entire narratives. Not that Rooney's performance was particularly pleasing against Azzurri, not that the his crucial miss on the hour mark should be instantly forgiven. The 28 year-old is the current England team's most iconic player and the best-paid player in Premier League history. With ... Read More


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