Club troubles could be a reason for Wayne Rooney’s mediocre performance against the Republic of Ireland last night.
Wayne Rooney had a great chance last night to show that he is still the best striker in England, giving David Moyes an even more painful headache at Old Trafford ahead of a very important summer.
Rooney’s performances showed glimpses of his trademark skills of vision and superb accuracy but he’s by no means anywhere near his best at the moment, which will be a worry for United and England fans.
His effort levels were as high as they always have been and always will be because that’s just the sort of player he is but he just didn’t seem on it in the way we’ve all come to expect from him.
It’s understandable because he’s got a huge decision in front of him, which he must be thinking about on a daily basis.
He has to decide whether he should stay at United or take a big risk with a move to another English club or an even greater one with a move to a foreign league such.
As a professional footballer, he should be able to box up all of that stress and anxiety, focusing purely on his role for England and producing his very best for his country.
Although he wouldn’t admit it, if he is thinking about his future all the time, even in an England shirt, then he has to be big enough to let Roy Hodgson know and step out of the side.
England are heading into a very crucial spell of international football as they head off to Brazil for their next friendly.
The World Cup qualifiers this autumn will go a long way to determining whether England end up qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil automatically or whether they have to go through the much more difficult play-off system.
There was a big opportunity last night for him to bag a crucial goal, which would have tipped the match in England’s favour against a very gutsy and well supported Ireland team.
He showed his natural tendency to drop deep into midfield, looking for the ball and his basic passing and vision was fine but there just wasn’t that sense that he was about to do something special.
It probably didn’t help that when he did get into some great positions, he was ignored by players in possession he could have setup very simple chances for him to bag a goal.
The reason for his lacklustre performance may just be the fact that he’s not played a lot of football in the recent past.
Sir Alex Ferguson whipped him out of the first team the moment he asked for a transfer away from the club, which means he is just lacking that little bit of match sharpness at the moment which can make all the difference.
What did you make of Rooney’s performance?
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