Arsenal were left in turmoil last month as club Captain and star Forward Robin Van Persie stated he was in no rush to sign a new contract, after delay...
Whether or not you want Rooney to attend the finals in Poland and Ukraine is a personal view. However, on balance, I'm not convinced that England are any better off with a player who is at times quite brilliant and at other times, a liability.
It is rare that football can learn from the luvvies, but the way we treat career progression is one such occasion.
The 13-goal mauling dished out by both Manchester sides to their north London opponents on Sunday raises an intriguing question: is this the future of English football?
The ground in North London shook over the weekend. No, not due to a fresh outbreak of consumption riots that spluttered forth in the area a few weeks ago. This time the shock came on the soccer field, courtesy of two hungry giants from Manchester - United and City.
Fairly confusing, this rebel business. In one place, you're the darling of the free world. In another, you're feral scum, symbolising everything that's wrong with British youth. One man's rebel is another man's pain in the arse. Murky waters indeed.
Sport is not just a game. It can inspire hope from despair, as we have seen attempts at in Sri Lanka in recent years. It can make a lucky cadre of talented individuals very, very wealthy indeed.