Wayne Rooney: an inconvenient legend

When the conversation topic turns to footballing legends, those that spring to mind are generally the quintessential one-club men – Francesco Totti, Ryan Giggs and Steven Gerrard, for example. None of these players had entirely unblemished careers by any means, but they were unanimously adored by fans for their unrivalled loyalty and dedication. Despite over a decade of…

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Will an injury be a secret to success for England?

WAYNE ROONEY, ENGLAND’S CAPTAIN and top scorer of all time, is out of action with a knee injury for a possible six weeks. Would it be preposterous to suggest that this is actually a good thing for England’s chances in Euro 2016? When Rooney returns from injury for Manchester United he will not have long left…

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The wonderkids that failed to escape purgatory

FOOTBALL IS LITTERED WITH PLAYERS that have failed to live up to the expectations placed upon their young shoulders. Players that play their careers in a type of footballing purgatory. The rise of computer games such as FIFA and Football Manager have worked strongly against these types of players. The stresses of being in the public…

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