What They're Saying: Wayne Rooney

"We're happy to play until September if the season extends to then, if that's how it has to be. That's our job. As long as we know we're safe to play and it's a safe environment for spectators, we'll play. The next World Cup is in November and December 2022, so you could actually use this situation as an opportunity and say we're going to finish the 2019-20 season later this year, then prepare for 2022 by having the next two seasons starting in winter."

-- Wayne Rooney, calling for a radical change in the English soccer calendar, playing until September, then resuming in the winter, in order to get the full 2019-20 season in, and in effect moving to a December-September calendar that would line up with the Qatar World Cup, which starts in November 2022. Rooney, who is the player-assistant coach at Derby County. said the British government and English soccer authorities have treated players as "guinea pigs" during the coronavirus outbreak, waiting until Friday to shut down league play. (Times via BBC Sport)
1 comment about "What They're Saying: Wayne Rooney".
  1. R2 Dad, March 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

    Perfect rationale for UEFA to negotiate with FIFA to facilitate 2022 world cup, if only on the grounds that FIFA will never again be allowed to reverse-schedule a world cup event in conflict with domestic leagues in the northern hemisphere. (Unless Platini delivers truck-fulls of cash to Ceferin forthwith).

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