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Rooney Moves Closer to Record

Rightly restored to his more favoured position, Wayne Rooney looked far more like the player we know he can be as England went down to Uruguay last night.

The highlights for Rooney, if they can be called that in a 2-1 defeat that leaves England on the brink of elimination, were a free kick from the edge of the area that went just wide, a header from a corner that crashed against the woodwork and the goal he scored to make it 1-1.

The goal was Rooney`s 40th for England but his first in a World Cup Finals, it also edged him nearer to the total amassed by England`s top-scorer ever, our very own Bobby Charlton, who amassed 49 during his international career.

Will Rooney have enough time to overhaul Sir Bobby?




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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 20 2014

Time: 8:45AM

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He'll probably will go onto break Charlton's record, thing is it doesn't mask that in comparison to Charlton Rooney is a shadow of the player at national level. It's mad really how a player can be phenominal at club level but a shadow of that player at international level. Rooney's got an interesting season ahead of him under Van Gaal as have Mata and Kagawa and there's a very real threat than any of them could be asked to change position or dropped entirely.
TheFamousNo7
Unrelated (kind of anyway) but England need a revolutionary manager with vision to take them forward. Despite the numerous managers Englands system remains very much the archaic 4-4-2 (or some variation) which has proven obsolete in modern football, particularly againt sides utilising a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.

People say you can't blame the manager for the team but for me, as recent events have shown, you can. Squad wise the side Hodgson had at Liverpool was very much the same side Rodgers had. Similarly, the squad Moyes had was the same plus the additions of Mata and Fellaini that Fergie had. The players are to blame to a certain degree but for me it always all stems from the manager, their attitudes and their beliefs, they mould teams to suit their vision.

It remains to be seen whether Hodgson will resign or be handed the sack but in the event England are looking for a new manager come the end of the World Cup campaign they'd do well to steer clear of archaic managers with archaic systems, the Redknapp's, the Hodgson's. Insteas they should look for a young, up and coming manager with a modern, attack-minded approach towards the game. Preferably one who isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers and drop/move players to suit the system. Obviously there's no guarentees England would be better for it but they'll be far more unpredictable and interesting for it.
TheFamousNo7
 

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