When Wayne Rooney performed poorly against Italy on Saturday, the question of his continued selection was debated by the media in a campaign that bordered on a witch-hunt. The issue dogged the squad and almost certainly infringed upon their preparations for the encounter with Uruguay.
Yet in the aftermath of tonight’s defeat, the media have so refused to shine the spotlight on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after another anonymous display. Instead, the match-winning contribution of Luis Suarez has served as the focus for most of the post-match analysis.
Fans took to Twitter to voice their criticisms of the 34 year old’s performance and ask why the media had not given him the “Rooney” treatment.
Are we allowed to criticise Gerrard yet, or is he still considered to be some kind of a god?
— Rocky Lorusso (@RockyLorusso) June 19, 2014
Can we blame the right Scouser now? #Gerrard
— Aled Phillips (@aledsavedlatin) June 19, 2014
First Ba then Suarez. All that talk about Rooney forgot the key issue. Interested to see how easy a ride Gerrard gets from The Media now.
— Jonathan Fadugba (@JFfutbol) June 19, 2014
Steven Gerrard, no words. How can England’s captain play poor in both games in the World-Cup? Shocking.
— Liam (@OffsideLiam) June 19, 2014
Almost as if Gerrard is immune to blame.Soft attempt of a tackle cost us 1st goal then ridiculous back header cost us 2nd goal #BlameRooney
— Simon Hardy (@RedDevilSiHardy) June 19, 2014
Why is Gerrard immune from criticism, done absolutely nothing both games, offered nowt. Pathetic for an England captain
— Casey Bell (@caseymatebell) June 19, 2014
What riles me more is Gerrard will be utterly immune from all pundit criticism other than an off-handed “that header wasn’t great”
— Chris F (@GeordieChris_F) June 19, 2014
Of course, some have defended Gerrard and his part in Uruguay’s winning goal.
Gerrard doesn't perform in two games and the little peasants kick off, unbelievable.
— The Lu Shwareh (@ThoseScouseLads) June 19, 2014
If you're blaming Gerrard you literally know nothing about football.
— James Sutton (@thejamessutton) June 19, 2014
People getting on to Gerrard are the ones who haven't got a clue about football. The cb's were so flat footed and unaware to the danger!
— Curtis Watkins (@CurtWatkins5) June 19, 2014
At the time of writing though, it seems as though Gerrard will avoid the negative headlines that the media lavished upon Rooney after the Italy defeat.