Wayne Rooney – England
Full Name: Wayne Mark Rooney
Date of Birth: 24th October, 1985
Current Club: Manchester United (England)
2009/2010 Apps/Goals: 43-33
International Appearances: 58
International Goals: 25
International Accolades: Finished World Cup qualifying as England’s top goalscorer with 9 goals.
Sometimes fiery and temperamental, often out-of-this-world and brilliant… There is only one Wayne Rooney in the world of football and don’t England fans just know it. In South Africa, Wayne Rooney will carry the hopes of an entire nation upon his brisk shoulders, and it’s a country which demands success.
It’s been the worst kept secret that Wayne Rooney is England’s biggest threat, now their biggest asset and danger man. All the talk ahead of the finals is about Rooney, and whether the Merseyside born star can be the driving force behind the country’s first World Cup victory since a famous 1966 year. After scoring a staggering 33 goals in 43 competitive games for Manchester United this season alone, the indications are certainly promising. Even more so considering Rooney spent a significant part of the latter stage of the season on the sidelines, one of the reasons why Wayne Rooney didn’t end the season with a bag full of winners medals.
On his day, and in peak form and fitness, there is no-one better to watch. There isn’t anything the lad cannot do, a position he cannot play in or an area of the pitch where he can’t score. He’s unique in every way in that when the chips are stacked, you can rely on Rooney to deliver something special and save the day. In full flight he’s a menace, charging at defenders like a rhino before slamming the ball home. That’s the huge improvement we’ve all seen from Rooney this season, his finishing. He’s always been a supreme talent, a player blessed with the ability to make great things happen on a pitch. But in front of goal Wayne Rooney really has sharpened up; reading the play far better than ever before while his positioning off the ball is now second to none, ready and waiting in those scoring positions to do just that, score.
Wayne Rooney has it all; a powerhouse figure, a quick turn of foot, wit, guile, fantastic vision and now sniper like finishing. He’s almost the perfect player. In fact, he probably is. His work rate and determination throughout any game is admirable, while he has this winning mentality, this hatred for losing that naturally makes him a born winner. Our only concern with the 24 year-old is the amount of pressure the English press are piling on him. It goes without saying that without Rooney in the England fold, the Three Lions would lack their roar, but it’s the fact pundits alike are claiming England are doomed without an out-of-this-world tournament from Rooney that just might scupper both Rooney’s and England’s chances of World Cup success. Granted he’s matured greatly in such a short space of time, while his head is certainly a lot wiser, but pressure gets to everyone in one way or another, we just hope Rooney has the support off the scenes to handle it, which we’re sure he does.
Preparation far from ideal:
Not only did Wayne Rooney end the season limping off the pitch at Old Trafford, struggling with a number of niggling injuries ranging from his groin to his ankle, Rooney also missed out on the English Premier League title by a point, as well as losing out to Didier Drogba for the English Golden Boot by three goals. In the end it was a season or near misses and lots of frustration, but those disappointments could be the incentives Wayne Rooney needs to put in a colossal display in South Africa, as a FIFA World Cup win would more than make up for his Manchester United disappointments.
Wayne Rooney; Top Goalscorer in South Africa 2010 - 12/1 Totesport