Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WAYNE HAS TO SHOW FRONT ; M.E.N. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014 53 Follow Us on Twitter @MENNEWSDESK DAVID SADLER THE VOICE OF UNITED

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WAYNE HAS TO SHOW FRONT ; M.E.N. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014 53 Follow Us on Twitter @MENNEWSDESK DAVID SADLER THE VOICE OF UNITED

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WAYNE Rooney will surpass Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record for England but I have concerns over Wayne's overall form.

There are some poor international sides and we saw that last week in the game against San Marino at Wembley.

It frustrates the life out of me that the people in charge of the game - UEFA FAF in this case - don't A in this case - don't create a system so we can avoid these meaningless matches.

Let's have a schedule where these smaller countries can eliminate themselves.

Why waste time when you know the outcome? All you get is games where the crowd cheers the keeper in the second half because he has actually touched the ball.

There are plenty of coaches who attend seminars and so can build little fortresses to try and stop the opposition scoring.

If they played England in a casual, free-flowing type of match they would get slaughtered.

They might score a goal themselves but you would end up with a few 9-1, 8-2 score lines.

Don't get me wrong, Sir Bobby will have played against any number of so called lesser nations to boost his goalscoring rate.

But while the present system continues Wayne will have his opportunity to overtake Sir Bobby's record of 49 goals.

I do think though it has been a long time since we have seen what you would consider to be the real Rooney and the topquality player he can be. Because he is an all-round good player he seems to be filling so many different positions.

I will, however, get really worried if he starts playing in the back four. And because of this adaptability he sometimes finds himself in areas where we has less chance to score goals which is what we all want to see him do.

Goalkeeper is another of the positions Wayne hasn't filled yet and no-one is going to move David de Gea from the No.1 position at the moment.

De Gea has been outstanding and I am giving myself a pat on the back here because I wasn't one of those jumping on the bandwagon suggesting he was too frail or fragile. …

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