Roy Hodgson might want Wayne Rooney to "explode" at this summer's World Cup but it is Daniel Sturridge's form that could prove the decisive factor to England's success in the competition.
David Moyes, Ed Woodward and Manchester United have shown who is boss and his name is Wayne Rooney. Days after the signing of Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata for £37.1 million, striker Wayne Rooney is once again in talks with the Old Trafford hierarchy to extend his current deal which ends in 18 months time.
The arrival of Mata in the North West will certainly remove some of the burden from the young winger - and it is a clear rallying call and statement of intent from the Manchester United board. They might be down, but they're certainly not out. Yet.
A team's 'number 10', also known as a playmaker, has become a more and more important figure for most sides in the modern game. They have the freedom to float around the pitch and express their creativity in assisting their teammates to score and often create goals from nothing. It raises the question, however, whether one could actually lead their side to any titles?
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...
After seeing his side held to stalemates in their first two away fixtures, David Moyes was skeptical of Manchester United's trip to the BayArena to face Sami Hyypia's free-flowing Bayer Leverkusen, sitting second in the Bundesliga and unbeaten at home since March.
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.