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.

Of course, some have defended Gerrard and his part in Uruguay’s winning goal.

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.

The Magic Sponge