Could the unthinkable happen?
Stories published in the media this morning infer that England could start the game, against Uruguay this Thursday, without Wayne Rooney in the starting eleven.
The idea is based on the fact that Rooney had a poor game against the Italian`s, on Saturday night, whilst he was also seen to be the only player from the starting eleven who was actively taking part in a training session yesterday.
However, whilst the media get their knickers in a twist and seem to be focusing on Rooney`s fallibility instead of the positive aspects of his game, Roy Hodgson`s assistant, Gary Neville, has stepped forward to pour scorn on the intimation that Rooney will be dropped for Thursday nights game, remarking to the media hounds,
"I cannot believe this is even being discussed."
"If you asked the Brazil manager or any other manager it they would drop their best player, they`d just laugh at you."
"In the next game we`ll see Wayne play his best game in his best position."
Or is that an elaborate smoke-screen?
I guess we`ll find out when Roy names his starting eleven just before kick-off in a game England have to get a result from to stay in the tournament.