Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has recently said that his key striker Wayne Rooney was 100 percent fit physically and mentally while on international duty with
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Moreover, the players were also under pressure because of huge expectation from them. So, these tournaments took heavy toll on the players both physically and mentally.
Wayne Rooney is perhaps the biggest example. After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, cash-trapped Manchester United could not bring in a quality replacement and became heavily depended on Rooney. The striker, however, dealt with pressure very well and had perhaps his best season with United becoming the highest scorer among the English players in EPL last season.
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Overall, Rooney was not 100 percent fit mentally and physically during the World Cup, and extra pressure installed on him by Manchester United was one of the major reasons for his poor show in