Now ex-England manager Fabio Capello has lashed Wayne Rooney with an amazing claim: He only plays well for Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Capello said: “After seeing the latest game, I think Rooney only understands Scottish.
“That’s because he only plays well in Manchester, where Sir Alex Ferguson speaks Scottish.”
Meanwhile, England manager Roy Hodgson showed that he may be just the man for the national team.
Hodgson slammed Wayne Rooney for failing to live up to expectations.
While most pundits skirted the issue of blaming Rooney for England crashing out of the Euros on penalties to Italy, Hodgson yesterday said fitness was not an issue for Rooney. He just failed to live up to expectations.
Rooney now has a bit of history of letting England down, either with red cards or underperforming.
Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson has had his own run-ins with his star player.
Perhaps Fergie will have to sit down and rework his Rooney plan as well.
Rooney was returning from a two-match ban for his sending off against Montenegro in a qualifying game last October and scored the winner against Ukraine.
But when it mattered, Rooney was below par according to the England manager.
England were beaten 4-2 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.
Hodgson said: “I think we put a lot of expectations on Wayne.
“When he missed the first two games, we were all believing that what we needed to do was to get to the third game and Wayne Rooney will win us the championships.
“That maybe was too much to ask of him. Wayne certainly tried very hard, but he didn't have his best game. I think he would admit that.”