Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Kid Rooney Reigns Supreme ...but Don't Be Surprised If Owen Usurps Him Tonight

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Kid Rooney Reigns Supreme ...but Don't Be Surprised If Owen Usurps Him Tonight

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Byline: By Bernie Slaven Evening Gazette

All the world's eyes will be on Wayne Rooney tonight.

And why not? The lad has done brilliantly.

When you see Sven compare him to Pele at the same age, that's a fair old compliment.

Portugal will also be keeping a close eye on Rooney.

He's scored four goals and he's been the player of the tournament so far.

In fact, he has helped deflect some of the spotlight away from Michael Owen, who is still awaiting his first goal of the finals.

I feel a bit sorry for Owen. I thought he had a good game against Croatia and he was involved in the goals.

But if tonight's game is going to be won by one goal, then it wouldn't surprise me to see Owen get it.

Scoring the goal which takes England into the semi-finals would help to make up for the four important goals Rooney has scored.

Rooney is the new kid on the block and it seems that nothing can go wrong. But he's got a lot to live up to now.

Everton know that his value has trebled in the past week but they won't want to sell at any price.

But the big clubs could show interest, especially after Sven announced that if he was a club manager he would be ringing up Rooney's agent.

No wonder David Moyes is angry. You can't blame him, because it appears that the England manager is trying to sell his best player.

I just hope that Rooney can cope with the pressure when he comes back to England because everybody will be expecting a hat trick every game.

Talking about hat tricks, I can't belief that Rooney was taken off against Croatia after scoring two goals.

We've seen it before from Steve McClaren, and it doesn't surprise me to hear that Eriksson was a defender in his playing days.

They have no comprehension of what it means for a player to score a hat trick. Rooney would have run through a brick wall to try to get a third goal.

No doubt Rooney will settle for one goal tonight, especially if it's the winner.

But it won't be easy against Portugal, and the one thing which worries me about the England team is the goalkeeper. …

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