Not as bad as the 2010 World Cup when England returned from a dismal campaign
Fabio Capello said something that was absolutely true. There is so much of a disconnect between the Wayne Rooney who makes himself central to Man Utd’s fortunes and the player who consistently underwhelms in his national appearances in the big competitions.
Rooney had to wait eight years between goals when he scored against Ukraine in the final group stage match. His last contribution was a brace against Croatia in the 2004 Euro as also another brace against Sweden and ending just behind Milan Baros as top goalscorer (5). England went out to Portugal on penalty shootout in the quarter-finals, a fate familiar to them.
We harp about Leo Messi not showing up for the Albiceleste but Rooney has to rank there in futility. This so far has been his definitive contribution to international folklore.
Roy Hodgson may call it a cheap shot but Capello is calling it as he sees it.