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United - The Rooney Conundrum?

Unless something comes to light very soon, it`s going to remain one of those great mysteries we can only speculate upon.

To put it bluntly, Wayne Rooney didn`t have a great World Cup, he didn`t have a good World Cup or even a remotely decent one, in fact he had a downright poor one.

South Africa 2010 was supposed to be the tournament at which the leading exponent of the English game and a player who received so much adulation in the domestic game last season was going to shine.

So why was the light extinguished?

Why was that not the same Wayne Rooney we`ve become accustomed to all season?

Why was it not the same Wayne Rooney who pushed Didier Drogba all the way in the chase for the Golden Boot?

It`s well documented that Wayne didn`t have a good finish to the season. A niggling injury interrupted his rhythm and led to niggling injury after niggling injury affecting his game.

Was this to play a part in his 2010 World Cup?

Apparently not, the mantra coming from the England camp implied that Wayne was buzzing in training and that he had to be held back, he was implemented as being the life and soul of the party, the practical joker in the pack and the one person not fazed by the weight of a nation`s expectations on the team.

So what happened when he crossed that line that separates the training pitch from the match pitch?

It`s hardly likely that Rooney would have been affected by the atmosphere, it`d be something he`d thrive on, so perhaps we should look elsewhere and perhaps Wayne might have been a victim of his own success.

International football is slower than the domestic game, patience is a virtue, defences are tighter and the midfields` are denser. Space, the one thing Rooney thrives on, was at a premium. Deny the man the space and nullify his game!

Then we have the fact that Capello chose to play Heskey as the target man, expecting Wayne to pick up any knockdown scraps, not a role he performs at club level. Rooney is something of a free spirit, someone who chooses to drop deep to collect the ball, drop deep foraging, drop deep before bursting forward, only dropping deep in this tournament meant dropping into the very area that was so congested, especially in the formation England were playing whereby every thing was condensed in the middle due to a lack of wide-men.

Frustration and inner anger, an anger kept hidden externally, eat away at energy levels, energy levels that after an interrupted end to a season, might not have been at the level they should be, was Wayne paying the price of a hectic season, a season where Sir Alex might have, ideally, chosen to use him less but with limited back up couldn`t afraid not to use him?

At the moment I feel a little bit like England, struggling to string two passes together, struggling to construct something meaningful, such is the disbelief that Rooney had such a poor tournament. But what eats away the most is that once he pulls on that red United shirt, as opposed to the red shirt of England in 2010, Sir Alex Ferguson knows that Wayne Rooney will unquestionably, once again, deliver the goods.

But why is it so much easier at domestic level than international when the lad is blessed with so much natural talent. Perhaps you can tell me!

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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 28 2010

Time: 4:34PM

Your Comments

Theres no conundrum he is officially crap.
Wswilly3
People should stop believing the hype about this peice of crap he never has been and never will be that good. Too many idiots just believe what there told by the media. What has rooney ever done to deserve this great status and people mention him with the likes Messi and Ronaldo pfft
dicookio
The only person who can answer these question's is Wayne Rooney, perhaps a fair indication is the lack of chances for one, Utd play a different system to england, it's a far deeper problem all round if we are honest, the shape of the team, for one, why does Lampard have to take every free kick, Lamps does a great job for chelsea, but his not one i would continue with in the england team, Gerrard needs to be moved back to central midfield, Rooney should play up top on his own, in central midfield much needed is someone to get stuck in, not the kick'em up in the air merchant, but Barry is just to slow and plays like it, pace will destroy most teams, that's what germany did to us yesterday, but balance round pegs - in round holes, gives you a chance, not square pegs into round holes, they don't go...we need to turn around and start to bring along Joe Hart, bring in a new central defender, maybe alongside Terry, but understanding between goalkeeper and your two centre backs must be got up and running over the next few games england have, a spine with Gerrard central, Rooney up to Terry and Hart in goal, Rio suffered, king suffered injuries, but this was always possible, that's another thing that crap idiot Heskey did to Rio, Carragher should retire from international duty - only this time for GOOD,
spu 4 life
Red Boy - As a United fan you saw Ronald play his trade week in week out and can you honestly say that Rooney is as good as him? The truth is that his not and if Rooney wasn't English he would have been talked about in the same breath as Tevez not the likes of Messi and Ronaldo. Good player but not a great player, never was never will be.
Klutch
Dont let one bad World Cup decide the players quality. What have the likes of Messi and Ronaldo done for their country so far? I believe firstly the expectation was far too much. Secondly I believe Rooney became too frustrated with his team mates and dropped down to the halfway line thus leading to him being unable to pay the forward role given to him. I think he's still carrying an ankle injury or it ha shaken him up. Fatigue, he has carried the frontline. He has played a 4-3-3 as the lone striker all season and the new tactics lead to him being a fish out of water. I could go on but there's a list which is like an epic tale.
TheFamousNo7
Wswilly - what an apt name you dick! My bet is he was carrying an undisclosed injury!
merlin
TheFamousNo7 - I'm not just pointing to the lads terrible world cup im basing it on years of watching Ronaldo and Rooney play and you would be ****ing me if you said Rooney was on his level. As i pointed out Tevez and Rooney are comparable and both are good players but Tevez is no Messi, Xavi or Ronaldo so why does the British press act like he is? His a good player that works hard for his goals but his not one of the greats
Klutch
Klutch....its the media. I for one believe they overhyped him extremely much and in a way this WC showed that Rooney is not a creater and if the goals arent there for him on a plate he cant do much. He's a very good player and still can get better but com'on the Eng media calling him the white Pele and comparing him to Messi is out of this world......imho Drogba and Torres are superior.
atomis
Klutch my post wasn't an answer to your question just stating the fact that the worlds best can't be expected to be at their best all the time. I do agree with you however, Rooney isnt as good as either Ronaldo or Messi and still has some way to go if he even thinks he's going to be the Worlds Best Player.
TheFamousNo7
Heard a rumour that he's a bit unsettled by the attentions of Real Madrid (or more specifically, Colleen is in his ear to up sticks to La Liga).
fifthcolumnblue
 

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