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Rooney: Not Good Enough

I can't deny that I'm not terribly concerned by the fact that Wayne Rooney plays much better for United than for England. But the boy is uncomfortable with it.

'Of course I do think of the chances I've missed. Any game when you miss chances it's disappointing. But I don't even think I've had that many chances. I don't know why. I know I can play a lot better.

'I'm expected to play well for my country every game and I want to start playing well from Saturday.'

He had to miss a lot of chances since 2004 when he scored his last England goal. His last United goal came... last Saturday so the contrast is obvious. He loves quality opposition (Arsenal, Liverpool, Roma, Milan could testify) so being unable to find the net against Macedonia... well, he can't explain neither can I.

He came back well from his latest metatarsal injury, thanks to the expertise and patience of Sir Alex, according to the youngster himself.

'If I had played earlier, I would not have been being fair to myself,' said Rooney, who made his return against Sporting on September 19.

'I would not have been 100% fit and there would still have been a risk of it breaking again.

'Obviously, if there was a chance to play I would have loved to do so, but in the end, the right decision was not to.'

And two goals in the last two games were fitting rewards for patience.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 12 2007

Time: 8:47AM

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For some reason reading this casued the following question to pop into my head: If Frank Lampard was a pie, what flavour would he be? I'm not sure why...
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12/10/2007 17:30:00

im sure he wud be te flavour which ismost fattening
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12/10/2007 21:47:00

For a player of his quality he should score far more for England and United, which almost makes me believe that he is over-rated.
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13/10/2007 10:36:00

Rooney - over-rated always has been!
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14/10/2007 19:53:00

petulant barsteward I'd say :-)
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14/10/2007 19:57:00

Rooney is more than a goalscorer he is a goal maker too. He drops deep and links up play. Quality player.
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14/10/2007 20:38:00

rooney could play anywhere on that pitch and he normally plays everywhere
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14/10/2007 21:06:00

rooney is a great player but just needs to find his form from euro 2004
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16/10/2007 10:50:00

hes overrated imo
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18/10/2007 02:57:00

Ugly little oink too!
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18/10/2007 19:13:00


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