Losing Wayne Rooney

Perhaps he’ll prove everyone wrong before the end of the World Cup, but at the moment, the prodigy is beginning to look like just another player. Rob Smyth ponders a career that seems t0 have lost its way.

 If you said, while he marauding thrillingly through Euro 2004, that Rooney would never score a goal at a World Cup you would have been laughed or punched out of the pub. Yet that is now a significant possibilty. In those days Rooney was a peer of Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact he comfortably outperformed Ronaldo at Manchester United in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. But Ronaldo overtook Rooney thereafter and now they live in different worlds.

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