Recent days have seen a major love-in from the media with Wayne Rooney.
The Manchester United player featuring in a documentary with Gary Lineker that has generated a lot of positive coverage for the current England Captain.
Rooney’s mates have been quick to lavish praise on the player and amongst those is Rio Ferdinand.
The former Man Utd centre-back has claimed that despite not having the natural scoring ability of Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney became a better player because of his ‘all round game’.
To be honest, comparing Alan Shearer to Wayne Rooney is a bit like comparing Shearer to Rio Ferdinand, they play completely different roles.
As we saw earlier this season at Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney is no centre-forward, Man Utd were toothless and had no focus for their attacks as Rooney proved incapable of doing that particular job.
Yes Wayne Rooney has shown that he is better as an attacking midfielder or second striker but we have never seen Alan Shearer in that role.
Why would you – when you have somebody who is the best in the world at scoring goals, why would you have played him anywhere else but in that position of doing the hardest job in the team?
Of course, the pair of them playing together would have been a potent mixture in club football and thank god it never happened, or else Manchester United would have won even more trophies.
Rio Ferdinand talking to BreatheSport:
“Wayne has turned himself around from the street football player we all saw in his early years to someone who is seeking out record-breaking milestones.
“He wasn’t a natural finisher like others such as Ruud van Nistelrooy or Alan Shearer, but he had much more of an impact in his all round game!
“To become England’s leading goalscorer and current Manchester United captain is a great achievement. Wazza and his family can be proud!”
One thing I do find interesting, is that due to Wayne Rooney playing for Manchester United, the media are so happy to airbrush away any negatives.
The prostitutes, the extra-marital episodes and more importantly if you are an England fan, his failure at tournament after tournament to be half as arsed as he is for Manchester United, including the unprofessional stuff off the pitch such as smoking.
All of these are conveniently brushed aside as we are presented with this football great…
Yes he has been great for Manchester United but for England?
Scoring goals in meaningless friendlies and run of the mill qualifiers against pub teams doesn’t a football great make him, when it comes to international football.
If he ever starts turning up for the tricky games for his country then he might deserve that accolade.
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