Poor old Wayne Rooney, he appears to be taking the brunt of everyone’s frustrations and anger at the moment:-
- Man Utd’s stuttering start to the season = Wayne Rooney
- Paul Pogba’s poor form = Wayne Rooney
- England failing at the Euros = Wayne Rooney
- Current England failings = Wayne Rooney
- Global Warming = Wayne Rooney
Obviously we kid with the last one but we’re sure “Wazza” wouldn’t be surprised to be questioned about it in an upcoming press conference if they needed someone to blame.
The fact of the matter is simple…Wayne Rooney is currently out of form and quite rightly has been taken out of the starting 11 by responsible managers for club and country. This is something which can and does happen to most players throughout their careers, but most other footballers do not have the numbers to back up their careers like the England captain.
Just have a look at his record:-
|Everton||2002 – 03||37||8|
|2003 – 04||40||9|
|Man Utd||2004 – 05||43||17|
|2005 – 06||48||19|
|2007 – 08||43||18|
|2008 – 09||49||20|
|2009 – 10||44||34|
|2010 – 11||40||16|
|2011 – 12||43||34|
|2012 – 13||37||16|
|2013 – 14||40||19|
|2014 – 15||37||14|
|2015 – 16||41||15|
|England||2003 – Present||118||53|
14 trophies lifted and multiple “Player of the Year” awards to also add to his medal collection.
Rooney doesn’t complete the team sheet at Old Trafford or Wembley, the Manager does. Not just one manager either. A total of 11 of managers (4 at club level, with Moyes x 2 and 7 at International) have been quick enough to write his name down and hand it to the officials on hundreds of occasions. Rooney goes out on the pitch as instructed to, just as he has sat on the bench in recent weeks like the model pro he has matured into.
He is about to turn 31 but he has plenty left to offer both on and off the pitch, yes there is work to do on his part. A young man who has been in the spotlight ever since bending a beauty past David Seaman way back in 2002 deserves to be cut a bit of slack.
A man who has won everything at club level as well as becoming England’s most capped outfield player and top goal-scorer, Wayne Rooney is a player that England and Man Utd fans may never see again in their lifetimes.
It’s time to support the man who you have depended on for so many years, acknowledging just how good he has been along the way.
Wayne Rooney image sourced from; www.dailyexpress.co.uk