Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Rooney Not A Natural Striker
Independent, August 22nd, 2008 2:16PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

The whole of Wembley Stadium felt England striker Wayne Rooney's black mood when he was substituted out of the exhibition game against the Czech Republic on 69 minutes Wednesday, writes Sam Wallace. The player was "tired and frustrated," perhaps realizing that he "will never be a prolific international goalscorer."

In fact, Wallace says, the game may have taught us that it's time to stop thinking about Rooney as an orthodox center forward. Rooney's international scoring record is roughly one goal every two-and-a-half games. "On that basis Rooney should score four goals in England's 10 qualifying games over the next two seasons which is no-one's idea of a good return." Jermain Defoe is just as prolific, while Peter Crouch and Michael Owen are much better.

What Wallace terms "the cold reality of [Fabio] Capello's options" could mean the England coach can no longer put his faith in Rooney as an out-and-out striker, especially if he moves towards a 4-5-1 or a 4-3-3 formation. "It should not diminish Rooney to play on the wing. He has done it on and off for [Manchester] United for three years and now finds himself a European champion -- even if he has had to learn that the world does not revolve around him."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Brandao Faces One-Month Suspension for Head-Butt     
Bastia striker Brandao has been provisionally suspended until Sept. 18 by Ligue 1's disciplinary committee and ...
QPR Adds Two World Cup Players     
Queen Park Rangers on Friday confirmed the signing of Chile forward Eduardo Vargas on a season-long ...
Neymar Suffers Ankle Sprain    
Barcelona forward Neymar has picked up an ankle sprain in training and will be out of ...
Conte: 'We're Counting on' Rossi     
Antonio Conte said he is "counting on" New Jersey native Giuseppe Rossi as he draws up ...
Balotelli-Liverpool Talks Continue    
Mario Balotelli has arrived in Liverpool for a medical ahead of his expected 16 million pound ...
Report: Top Clubs Opening US Academies     
The AP reports that South American and European soccer powerhouses are opening full-time soccer academies across ...
Legia Loses CAS Appeal     
Legia Warsaw has said it will sack the administrator blamed for the clerical error that resulted ...
Report: BVB's Sponsors to Buy Stakes     
Borussia Dortmund on Thursday announced that the club would issue up to 24.5 million shares in ...
Simeone: Atletico Can't Compete with Real, Barca    
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Atltico Madrid coach Diego Simeone emphasized that despite ...
Dzeko Signs Four-Year Man City Contract     
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko on Thursday signed a new four-year deal with the defending Premier ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives