Past it. Useless. Ineffective. Can’t finish. Looks old. Looks fat. Looks unfit.
These are just some of the ludicrous comments made about Wayne Rooney on a day-to-day basis, whether it is on Twitter, Facebook or BBC forum.
It truly is a lamentable situation, and a clear signpost of where English football is now, that our captain, our leader and the only outfield player in the national side who can be categorised as world-class, is lambasted by his own fans.
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For a long time, he has silently suffered as the scapegoat of English football. Undoubtedly, some of the views are legitimate - he would even admit himself his impact at major tournaments has been negligible.
The question we must ask is: Why has Wayne Rooney come to symbolise the demise of English football?
When he burst onto the Premier League scene aged 16, with fire in his belly and an audacious eye for goal, Rooney was the sole source of a nation’s hopes.
In this young star, we had a player that could go on to lead England to Euro and World Cup glory. Had he not been injured in the game against Portugal in 2004, who knows what stage England could have reached in that competition.
Since that day, England have underperformed at every major competition, and the state of the national team has been reduced to laughable.
The false optimism fans have taken from this Euro qualification campaign is adorable, but in the back of all our minds, there is little confidence England have much of a chance in France next year.
How destitute the disillusion of the England fans has become, with calls to abandon one of our best ever players.
Wayne Rooney is a symbol of real hope that has dissipated, the constant reminder to fans he never fulfilled his true potential and one of the best England teams ever had on paper is gone, soon to be forgotten.
Perhaps, as is the view of our fickle fans, Rooney’s absence is a necessary measure to take, not only to progress the team further but also to rid our nation of the constant reminders of our consistent failure.
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