Following West Brom striker Shane Long's magnificent performance in the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa, it calls into question why more attacking player...
My reading habits being rather gadfly-ish (ie all over the place), the other day I picked up a book lying around at work called Fathers, Sons And Foot...
The fact of the matter is, rightly or wrongly, footballers and top sportsmen enjoy very little privacy, opinions on this will vary drastically. Nowadays, it comes with the job and lifestyle that your private life as a star football player is in the public interest, so you could argue that if you don't want your privacy infringed upon, don't become a pro footballer.
It's quite hard to imagine such a universally respected man as Sachin Tendulkar, but the man widely regarded as the greatest batsman in the game has managed to win friends wherever he's gone with his easy-going, friendly manner. No wonder then, that the news that he would retire after his 200th test match against the West Indies was met with such a mixture of dismay and admiration.
In the gameweek eight of the English Premier League, Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton side... David Moyes' troops were one-dimensional throughout the evening. As much as the Scot likes his team to attack down the wings, he needs to be more creative with the tactics.
The news that England will not be among the top seeds for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is a blessing in disguise... No more excuses, no more confusion. England are not one of the top seeds because they are not one of the top sides. If humility and diligence reign, Hodgson's men could do themselves proud.
After a torrid debut season, it would be unwise to say that Shinji Kagawa's situation at Old Trafford has improved even one bit. Wayne Rooney has nailed the No 10 spot and David Moyes hasn't really shown much faith in the Japan international, who is often considered as one of the best exponents of his art...
I might as well be honest with you right from the start: this article will contradict itself. It will set off by being one thing but in the end will turn out to be something else, in many ways similar to a Premier League season.
The three most talented players in the Premier League could all be about to jump ship. Showered with awards and internationally recognised, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and Luis Suárez have lit up the Premier League but their possible transfers could take the shine off English football.
Right now, Wayne Rooney is possibly the leading light of spectacular self interest and PR misjudgement that seems to run through Premiership football at present.
With the dust only just settling on the most illustrious managerial career in football, it's been hard to find a bad word written about Sir Alex Ferguson. However, now he's officially retired, the time has come to examine some of his lesser moments.
A new 'Golden Generation' is said to be building in the country even considering the high amount of foreign imports currently plying their trade in the British Premier League. Key members at the top clubs are coming through their academies and among them are several young Englishmen.
Olivier Giroud has had a very solid debut season, but he is not Robin van Persie. He is not a player to build around. Rooney, on the other hand, is not as good as van Persie - but he can be that player to build around. If the 27-year-old is craving being the man at a top club, he should seriously consider making the move south to N5.
As a Newcastle fan, I'm quite used to hearing ridiculous things - usually from our own supporters. But this one really tops the lot. Sports Direct News (yes that's actually a thing) has claimed that "low-level" talks have taken place between the Magpies and Wayne Rooney's agent, although an official offer is yet to be lodged. Go figure.
If Rooney doesn't stake his claim for a starting berth further forward it wouldn't be outlandish to suggest that now is the time, for him as much as the team, given his age and subsequent value to continue the process of finding himself in different colours.
As Jose Mourinho so rightly predicted, the world did stop to watch as Real Madrid cruelly dumped Manchester United out of the Champions League on 5 March, at the theatre of dreams. The one individual though who would not have expected to be watching was the once untouchable Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney.