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England's Golden Generation has gone, and who have we to replace them? A Wayne Rooney who has failed to perform consistently well in the league for 2 or 3 years (nor at all at international level since 2004), and a crop of 20-somethings who weren't good enough to displace the failures who preceded them (see: Jagielka, Lescott, Downing, Henderson, Carroll, Cleverley, etc). We're the new Scotland.
and also 658 domestically decent? rooney been the hub of uniteds recent period of success and wouldnt call 4 premierleagues 2 cups 1 championsleague "decent" not to mention over 200 goals for club and country! please see through the bitterness and give credit where its due. hes without doubt world class and imo alongside van persie and iniesta as the best of the rest behind ronaldo and messi
Err.. probably not, tbh.And Clarke Carlisle would support white players not wanting to wear the K.I.O. T-shirts?Thought not.
To ask has Rooney fulfilled his potential is a silly question at 26yrs of age, he like all other players are still developing and has still got another 10yrs left at the top level. For those comparing him to Messi and Ronaldo:1. Neither Messi or Ronaldo exactly shine on the international stage.2. Wayne is a completely different player.Wayne is a more accomplished team player than both!!
658. erm internationally poor? agree to a very small extent but has any other england player really excelled?? gerrard and lampard have been worse imo. england are a very average side even messi would struggle to look as good in that team and you have to remember rooney is now 5th i think all time scorers for england and will almost certainly reach 2nd behind sir bobby and maybe even surpass him
Rooney is still a youngster and is still learning and is not at his best yet. He is still not scoring consistently for both United and England.
Wayne is a marvellous footballer,His best is yet to come.He needs to do justice to his enormous talent.Good luck.Dr.Cajetan Coelho
Rooney most definitely world class, he's incredible for Utd. I am with most people in not understanding fully why he has failed at international level but neither have the rest of the England team to be fair. He rarely disappoints at club level and Utd are much more of a force with him in the team. Not sure why people always have to be so negative about someone who is the best talent in England.
Those comparisons when he and Messi were seen as two of the worlds great young players seem nothing but a distant memory now. In fact those days were probably the highlight of Waynes career. He's never really reached the standards we hoped he would, sadly he's been no better than ordinary for a good while now and those early comparisons seem laughable. Domestically decent, internationally poor.
Rooney's like London. Over priced and Over Rated
If you watch videos of Rooney from 3-4 years ago, its clear he has changed his game. I don't know why but he doesn't drive at players with pace and aggression anymore, he doesn't really take players on and he doesn't seem to score the world class goals he did before. He still has the talent its like his natural game has been coached out of him though
Still talking about this??? I think this is a decision best dealt with after he retires.... @ 26 he still has alot to show considering he should be show his best for the next couple of years.... Why do so many e.glish have a problem with Wayne rooney? Seems only united fans rate him
No--not fulfilled potential. But nor has he disgraced himself in the period either, not a bad goal ratio but not world class ( 1 goal in last 3 major finals till last week is POOR).BUT, he seems a nice guy who loves the game and, at 26, he has another career in front of him.He looks in better shape now physically and mentally. Become a world-class player, Wayne, and fulfill potential.U have time.
England's last true world class player was Paul Gascoigne. Even a fat, drunk Gazza was streets ahead of anywhere Rooney will ever get.
@xpat73I yellow card in 49 games is hardly bad temperament.Rooney has more than unfilled his potential. Look at his stats and medals, does this mean that Steven Gerrard did not fulfil his potental as he has rarely played well for England nor won the EPL?The English media is a joke and has not helped young talent achieve their goals by slamming them as soon as they don't play well.
1st cause...A demanding English public, who think of nothing but re living 1966. Who pour scorn on players who don't live up to those expectations. 2nd, Sir Alex, in trying to get the best from C Rolando when he was at United often ignored Rooney's talent, choosing instead to call Rolando the 'greatest footballer in the world'. I think being ignored hurt Rooney's pride & effected his development.
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