Wayne Rooney: the greatest striker England ever produced…

Wayne Rooney: the greatest striker England ever produced…
Aug 4, 2016

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The football fan; probably the most fickle species in the world, it never ceases to amaze me how narrow minded some people are. I often wonder to myself how certain fans have forgotten just how good Rooney really was in his day, he was unplayable.

It is undeniable that Wayne Rooney is a world class footballer, he may not be quite what he was, however he is still one of the very best strikers to have ever graced Europe, certainly in my lifetime. He’s a player that has won absolutely everything worth winning at club level, 5x Premier League winner, 3x League Cup winner, an FA Cup and a Champions League medal. And it’s not like United havVS Citehe carried him as dead weight through those successes, is it?

 

 

 

 

 

Simply forget about the last couple of years where Rooney has possibly lost a yard of pace, clearly doesn’t score as many, perhaps can’t produce that bit of magic we have seen him produce time and time again over the past 14 years. Look at the bigger picture, from 2002, look at everything he has achieved, both with Manchester United and individually as a professional. It’s sensational. He really couldn’t have done much more to be fair to him.

I find it absolutely absurd that we are the only nation in the world that doesn’t hold Rooney in that top bracket of player. He is a global icon, you’ll find his name all over the world. The type of player that has shirts being worn in Ethiopia and Thailand. For years he has been one of the most feared strikers in the world. Despite this many here don’t regard him as one of the very best. Yet, if he was Brazilian, we’d probably be in exactly the same place claiming he is one of the best players the world has ever seen.

Do you really think it is a coincidence that Wayne Rooney has captained both the biggest club in the world and one of the most demanding and scrutinising nations? Is only 5 goals away from being United’s all-time top scorer? A record that, this season, he will break. Is it merely a coincidence that he has scored more goals for England than any other player in history?

I mean, 244 goals in 515 appearances for Manchester United really does speak for itself.

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It is pretty hard to forget that Rooney and Ronaldo once formed the most formidable partnership the Premier League has ever seen. United won 3 Premier League titles back-to-back with those 2 on the front line.

People enjoy bringing out one little gem, a real chestnut that they believe defines Rooney, all I ever hear is ‘he never did it for England’. The argument means nothing. First things first, he has done it for England; 53 goals in 115 games would suggest that he has done more for England than any other player since 1966. Secondly, I challenge anyone to name me one player that has performed for England, just one. It’s not possible. And it’s hardy fair to lay all the blame for England’s major tournament failures with Wayne Rooney.

Yes, England has seen its fair share of talented strikers. The likes of Shearer, Lineker, Wright, Greaves, Fowler, Sheringham, Francis and Charlton, the list goes on and on. But that was a different era, a completely different generation of player. Football has moved on since then, it’s so much more demanding these days. The pace of the game is so much more intense. We honestly don’t know how these great strikers would have adapted to the modern game, the sport is a science almost. It’s a different game. To have witnessed Wayne Rooney do what Wayne Rooney has done, at this level, over this period of time, is frankly astonishing.

It is clear that Rooney is not a natural athlete, he won’t be playing at 38 years old, unlike Giggs once did and the likes of Ronaldo will do. To be brutally honest his best days are long gone already. But he is a fantastic talent and no-one can take that away from him. There is no doubt in my mind just how good ‘Wazza’ is, he is a world class player and he will go down as one of the greats.

Legendary status can only be based on what a player has achieved. I think it would be fair to say Rooney ticks every single box in terms of achievements. A Manchester United legend, there are no two ways about it. Is it even possible to replace Rooney? To find a player that could possibly replicate what Rooney has done throughout his career, to United that has been priceless.

Wayne Rooney: the greatest striker England ever produced…

 

@KieranJamieLeewazza

 

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