Wayne Rooney has dominated the headlines since England managed a draw against Montenegro to send them into EURO 2012 at Poland and Ukraine. Headlines suggest Rooney’s dismissal in the 73rd minute after kicking Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic messed up Fabio Capello’s party after England’s qualification. After what can be termed as a substandard qualifying campaign for the three lions, should they have rejoiced even without Rooney’s red card? No. European and World Cup Champions Spain alongside Germany have so far gone through their qualifying games with a 100 percent record and Fabio Capello’s men would need to step up the class of their game to be real contenders in the EURO 2012 competition. The obsession of having talented young kids to make England a better team in the future should be overlooked as 2012 isn’t that much of a future is it?
Rooney’s dismissal in the game against Montenegro will unquestionably cost England in the group stages of the 2012 EURO competition after the striker superlative display assisted the three lions in their qualification. After recently declaring his desire to be captain for both club and country, his superfluous kicking of Miodrag Dzudovic in the Montenegro game gave a doubt over whether Wayne was ready to change his ever troubling head as he has done for his hair. He said “I’ve captained both on one-off occasions but obviously to get the two jobs full-time would be a great honour for me.”
Claims that Wayne Rooney’s family problems might have caused his below par behaviour and that he shouldn’t have plyed in the game by the Montenegro manager is no excuse since England’s Italian manager confirmed the striker was fine to play. Rooney’s reaction after the red card and apologies through Fabio Capello might be the only positive side of his ruined international break. But for how long will the England fans be willing to forgive the ever hot head striker and back him as their potential captain?
For Rooney to succeed John Terry or the one after him as England captain, he would need more than his football mastermind –and his £300,000 hair transplant- to be a great leader.
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