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Shearer v Rooney – No Contest

8 years ago
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When I read that Wayne Rooney had gone ahead of Alan Shearer, Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse in the all time England goal scorers, I thought surely this can’t be right.

I couldn’t remember Rooney doing anything of note for England in recent years and the only thing that stuck in my mind was his daft sending off that ruled him out of the first two matches at the Euros earlier this year.

Rooney has been a great player for Manchester United but if anything he has been a liability for England and doesn’t seem to have the same passion as he does for club football, unlike a certain Alan Shearer always did.

Anyway, Rooney scoring more goals than those England greats, surely not?

Sadly it is true but when more than half (16) of his 31 England goals have been scored against…wait for it; Macedonia, Lichenstein, Iceland, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Slovakia, Andorras and San Marino, it begins to be a bit clearer.

I’m not sure if Shearer even played against any of this lot and certainly the likes of Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse didn’t.

Rooney has 31 goals to his name but nobody in any seriousness can suggest that his contribution to England has been a patch on those players.

Back in Finney/Lofthouse’s days there was barely any gifts of opposition close to the ones listed above and the fragmentation of numerous countries, along with allowing the likes of Andorra and San Marino to compete on an equal footing, has made a mockery of any meaningful comparisons.

The fact also remains that Shearer scored his 30 goals in only 63 matches compared to Rooney’s 31 in 77 (before the Poland match).

Add in the fact that Rooney has scored only the one goal in finals (World Cup/Euros) since 2004 and it was that one from a foot out against Ukraine this summer. Compare that to Shearer winning the golden boot at Euro 96 scoring goals against the likes of Germany, Holland and the old enemy, Scotland. A total of 9 altogether in finals.

Also throw in Rooney’s two ridiculous sending offs for England which is the most for any England player, equal with David Beckham.

Wayne Rooney better for England than Alan Shearer? I don’t think so.

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