It’s just a matter of time before Wayne Rooney becomes the highest scoring Englishman in history, and I don’t see any reason why he cannot be described as one of our greatest ever strikers.
I think it will be when he retires and is no longer pulling on that Three Lions shirt that football fans will truly appreciate his value and what he has done for his nation.
When he was younger he could produce magic out of absolutely nothing, and while he may not be operating at quite the same peak level these days, the stick he is getting for apparently not knowing where the goals are anymore is simply laughable.
Yes, he would probably be one of the first to admit that he hasn’t helped England to the heights he might have wanted, but it shouldn’t all be on his shoulders.
As a team we have failed at big tournaments, and that shouldn’t all be put at Rooney’s feet, he needs the assistance from the rest of the team to truly show how much he can shine.
The achievement of reaching that magic 50-goal tally shouldn’t be glossed over, Wayne will, in my opinion go down as one of the best we’ve ever had.
San Marino game as important as playing Brazil
I’ve seen suggestions that playing against San Marino, a team that have scored just one goal in 16 games will see England struggle to motivate themselves on Sunday.
But from an England point of view, just producing good football and decent results should be all the motivation they need.
The disappointments at major tournaments in recent years means that they need to start giving something back to the supporters and get back to the level where they look like we could become champions of Europe or even the world again.
This game is as important as playing teams like Brazil as far as that is concerned. We have got to try and get a system and a style of play to instill a belief that we are good enough again.
The World Cup flop will still be heavily on the mind with it being one of the worst tournament performances we have been involved in.
Now it is up to this new batch of players to show some pride and the manager to nail down a pattern of play that will win us international fixtures.
Hard-working Vardy gets the nod from me
While they shouldn’t be getting complacent regardless of the level of opponent, if you are worried about the senior players being able to motivate themselves, then for me you should turn to youth and enthusiasm to get you through.
While at 28-years-old he’s not classed as a younger member of the England squad, Jamie Vardy is a player I’d like to see given a chance at the weekend.
I watched Leicester play Bournemouth last weekend and he never ever stopped running.
City didn’t play particularly well, but they managed to get a point against the newly promoted side and it was mainly down to the fact that he just kept running and running.
He’s admittedly not the best player in the world and he knows that, but if you were giving gold medals to players for putting the effort in, the he would be getting one straight away.
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