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The just-concluded international break was quite uneventful with nothing out of the ordinary, characterized by the usual ranting and overriding negativity towards the Three Lions, most of all directed to Wayne Rooney: the golden boy of English football.
The England and Manchester United captain was booed for his performances as he skippered his side against Malta at Wembley, a testament of frustrations compounded over the years being unleashed on the most vulnerable of scapegoats.
Although Rooney was disappointed but not to the point of being unfazed, the same cannot be said about his better half who took to twitter, engaging in keyboard battles with nay saying tweeps in her husband’s defense: often Wayne’s weekly wage of £300,000 per-week at Manchester United being the subject but not the excuse.
However, what is being witnessed is an irreversible pattern that the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard all went through, largely due to England’s failure to clinch a major trophy since lifting the World up in 1966.
In truth however, Rooney’s criticism is more intense due to the domestic success he has had with Manchester United.
In fact, Wayne has over the course of twelve years won virtually everything with the Red devils- a bitter pill to swallow for supporters of rival clubs during Sir Alex Ferguson’s era of unadulterated success at Old Trafford.
It’s a phenomenon that has occurred in some of the greatest football icons. Case in point is Raul Gonzalez who is one of the most accomplished Spanish forwards of all time.
While at the homestretch of his career during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Raul was subjected to conjecture (mostly from Barcelona supporters) which was by and large due to his Real Madrid allegiance rather than his dwindling performances.
Although I strongly maintain that Wayne Rooney should call time on his international career, it should not dent the fact that he is the greatest goal scorer of all time for the Three Lions.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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