Red fever for Rooney
Here at Football Scores, we’re already preparing for a deluge of “Will Wayne Rooney get sent off in this weekend’s Liverpool v Man Utd match” after the striker’s latest moment of blind stupidity at the weekend.
October 10th, 2011
Friday’s night’s scenes fell very much into the “you couldn’t make it up” category. Just 24 hours after his father was arrested for an alleged role in a betting scam that would see a Scottish footballer sent-off, Rooney lashed out at Miodrag Dzudovic in the 73rd minute with England leading 2-1.
Not long after the red card being flashed, William Hill’s PR boss, Graham Sharpe, took to Twitter to answer the most obvious question: “Let me repeat this: We did NOT see any money whatsoever for Wayne Rooney to be sent off last night!” he claimed. It still didn’t stop the jokes though.
The upshot of Rooney’s idiocy is that he will miss England’s opening Euro 2012 group match at the very least – assuming that UEFA don’t consider his actions as “violent play” and increase the ban, which they probably will, on Thursday .
To the probable delight of Sir Alex Ferguson, Rooney will be “rested” from England duty for upcoming friendly against Spain and any other games that England arrange before they kick-off their Euro 2012 campaign and it has raised the question as to whether Rooney will go to Poland and Ukraine at all, so expect the likes of Jermain Defoe, Bobby Zamora, Danny Welbeck, Peter Crouch and the in-form Gabriel Agbonlahor all likely to be listening to Capello’s comments with interest.
“Rooney will not play against Spain – absolutely,” said Capello. “I want to test new players, a different style and a new different movement, something different.
“Sometimes he will come on at half-time but not from the start. He will not start. We need to prepare the first 11 who will start the Euros.”
And could Rooney lose his place completely? Well yes, according to Capello as he put out the sort of statement that probably ought to as if to sound like the rest of the squad has a chance of getting Rooney’s shirt.
“If they [the other players] are good, they will play,” he added. “In my life as a manager I have put a lot of players on the bench. I always decided who was the best player for me at that moment, at every moment.”
So, who’s backing Rooney to see red on Saturday?