The adrenaline kicks in and your frustration takes control. A rash decision that you instantly regret; a red card… and a two match suspension is the sore price to pay. That is in the past, and you will do well not to dwell on the volatile action that instigated your suspension. You are feeling fresh and one team now lies in your way. Prepare for your overdue introduction, Wayne Rooney. Your time is now.
With the determination to banish some past demons coupled with a priceless fitness level, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney is primed to deal damage of an unnatural order…
The above clip from Nike Football briefly encapsulates the emotional ride of Wayne Rooney since he announced his arrival on the world scene back in Euro 2004. The England talisman was forced to sit out England’s first two group games of Euro 2012 due to suspension. As expected, England missed the guile and raw talent Rooney has to offer. Now they can breathe a sigh of relief and raise their game to the next level as Roy Hodgson prepares to unleash Rooney on Poland-Ukraine.
There is no doubting that Rooney has failed to deliver in his past two tournament outings with the national side, so all eyes will be on him to see whether or not he can silence his critics and prove that his status as England’s talisman is indeed fitting.
Will chants of “Rooney! Rooney! Rooney! Rooney!” pierce the air tomorrow night?
Rooney’s return could not come at a more opportune time. There is no doubting his ability to fire England through to the next stage, and with luck on their side – and Rooney firing on all cylinders – England may surprise more than just themselves over the coming weeks. Are you glad that Rooney is now available for selection?