Sunday, June 27, 2010

Five Reasons Why Wayne Rooney Should Play against Germany

With England facing Germany in their first match of the knock out stage in the World Cup 2010, Wayne Rooney is the center of all attention. His fitness and recent form have become a matter of big concern ahead of the crucial match.

The Manchester United striker was substituted during their 1-0 win over Slovenia after he had taken a knock to his ankle that has been troubling him over the last few months. However, the striker has been declared fit for the Germany match.

His form is also a big worry for coach Fabio Capello. Rooney scored his last goal in a competitive match in March while playing for Manchester United against Bayern Munich in Champions League. Even though he has had his best season at Manchester United scoring 34 goals last season, his last goal for England came last September. Moreover, the 24-year-old could not even score any goal in his last 7 World Cup matches.

Still, there are many who believe Rooney should play against Germany. The possible reasons are:

First of all, Rooney’s presence would instill his England teammates and boost up the confidence level of the whole team. Secondly, he is a kind of player who can single-handedly change the course of a game with one or two magical strikes or passes, even when he is not at his best.

Thirdly, Rooney attracts extra attraction from the opposition, and thus, reducing the pressure on his teammates and creating opportunities for them. Fourthly, he has the ability to keep the opposition defense always busy, and to some extent, nervous. Lastly, a goal from Rooney against Germany would not only bring his confidence back, rather bring the rhythm of the whole team back.

Rooney has the pressure of huge expectation over his shoulder and his recent failures have added to his pressure. It is never easy to deal with that much pressure and play the normal game. Still, England fans are hoping that Rooney would come back with his usual form against Germany.

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