Rooney only has himself to blame

by Russell Hill

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

There is no getting away from the fact that Wayne Rooney is a very talented player. Regarded as one of the finest footballers of his generation, the way which he moves on the pitch is the mark of a genius. That is until he gets into trouble and that has happened quite a bit lately.

Rooney’s career goes from the sublime to the ridiculous. If it’s not his hair transplant or his dramatic return to form this season when he bagged back-to-back hat tricks it’s his disciplinary record. It was revealed today that Rooney’s sending off against Montenegro has seen him being banned by UEFA for three matches. That is a ridiculous amount of time as other players who have been sent off have received a one or two match ban but three matches? Not that the next three matches for England aren’t exactly small-scale but the opening games of Euro 2012. Important games, much? Not hardly.

But, is it all UEFA’s fault? Yes, it seems that they like to strongly reprimand England players when they misbehave but then this isn’t the first time that Rooney has been sent off. This is his second red card of his England career and eighth in total. I’m sure that over the next few days and weeks there will be uproar in the media where they will blame UEFA for it. When the criticisms fly in for this decision, will these people actually admit to having seen what happened? Rooney didn’t tap him on the shoulder and the player therefore dived but Rooney’s tackle would have made Chopper Harris wince. Rooney must understand that when he is playing, he isn’t on the training pitch anymore as he is closely followed. Actions have consequences and Rooney has difficulty in understanding that. When he swore live on television back in April 2011, it took him a while to apologise. Does the man have no common sense?

When the appeal against this decision is made by the FA, no doubt will they cite that the ban is too harsh. But, some of the blame must be pointed in Rooney’s direction. He is a role model for many around the world and he must understand that one way or another.

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  • Mystical Mike

    I think a lot of it has to do with the manager, fergi seems to have tamed him where as England managers cant

  • Stephen H

    Its hilarious actually. The FA ban Rooney for 2 games for swearing, then all of a sudden when it suits them they make out a 3 game ban for something far worse is too harsh. Aint that a bitch. Hopefully Engurland don’t even take him, and when the inevitable happens and they get knocked out, with any luck Rooney will get so much stick he quits international football.

    Then who will the chavs blame? Not themselves surely?

    You see the moral of the story is, dont put all your eggs in one basket, i.e. don’t pin all your hopes on one player. Especially one you criticize ninety-five percent of the time, you hypocritical morons!

  • Rita poon

    Great article! Apart from the font, it’s like bees in my eyes.

  • Rooneys mate

    Great article. You have a talent

  • John Coit

    Great article, english was exquisite

  • Rooneys mate

    Hi Russell, this really is a great read. You are an extremely good writer. I do a daily article myself on football related subjects and a few non football related subjects. At the moment I’m planning on doing a daily player evaluation on the players I believe will be in the England squad at the European championship. I wonder if you would be interested in a collaboration at all?

  • Timothy McIndale

    Hello Mr Hill,

    Great article, i can really see the right wing views coming through in this article. I can tell you’re a Daily Mail reader. The way you put your objective in this article reminds me of the great Matt Lawton and his excellent use of getting his point across in a bias way using nothing but 100% facts!

    I belive you would be perfect journalist for the Daily Mail. If you wish to email our Editor please email Paul Dacre at

    Yours Sincerely,

    Timothy McIndale
    Daily Mail
    0207 740 0200

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