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Rooney to play for England instead of United with Moyes’ blessing

Wayne Rooney hasn’t played for Manchester United since May 5th when he was subbed on for the last 20 minutes against Chelsea. We had won the title three weeks before, courtesy of a Robin van Persie hattrick against Aston Villa, and Rooney’s performances were fairly average.

Having left the pre-season tour of the East a month ago with a hamstring injury, he was supposed to return for our friendly against AIK last week, but was ruled out with a shoulder injury he picked up during a training match at Carrington.

Since then, Rooney has played with the Reserves before returning to train with the first team, although was absent from Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial and won’t be playing in the Community Shield later today.

Several fans have claimed these injuries are not genuine but simply a signal of disharmony behind the scenes, with Rooney looking to move to title rivals Chelsea. Jose Mourinho claims that Chelsea have not many any contact with Rooney or his agent, which on the surface seems laughable, given both Paul Stretford and Chelsea’s previous for negotiating personal terms without a deal having been agreed between clubs first. Reports suggest that Rooney really has picked up these two injuries though and whilst he is fearful of the reaction of the fans, leading him to keep away from Old Trafford all together on Friday and not sit with the others who weren’t playing in the stands.

Robin van Persie, who watched Rio’s testimonial alongside the likes of Danny Welbeck, Edwin Van der Sar, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Ashley Young in the stands, has claimed he hopes Rooney stays at the club. “He was one of the reasons I joined,” said the Dutchman. Apparently the feeling isn’t mutual though, with Rooney threatening to leave the club once before due to a lack of quality signings, and now wanting to leave again because we’ve signed a striker better than him.

Having kept quiet all summer, refusing to confirm or deny the reports that he was ready to leave United for rivals Chelsea, despite recently pledging the rest of his career to us, Rooney made a statement on his official Facebook page after being selected for the England squad.

“Can’t wait to join up with the England squad and hopefully play in a competitive match, they always are against Scotland. Big thanks to Roy Hodgson for selecting me and showing his faith and support, appreciate it.”

It would be hard not to interpret that to be a dig at David Moyes or maybe Sir Alex Ferguson, but this sort of childishness shouldn’t come as a surprise. The lad hasn’t got two brain cells to rub together.

Roy Hodgson has noted that Ashley Cole, one of Rooney’s best friends, will be keen to convince our striker to make the move to Chelsea, but the England manager will make it clear to the players that club business needs to stay away from their International duty. He also

“The situation is not an easy one at the moment for David and Wayne,” said Hodgson. “Wayne is very keen and anxious to be a part of this but he also is aware he might not be able to give us the full service that he normally does because of what has been happening to him fitness-wise. We believe he will be physically fit. He won’t be anywhere near match fit, he won’t have played anywhere near enough games and it will be up to our conditioning people too to help us out on that subject. The only problem is that my selection of him could be used as a wedge between David Moyes and myself. There’s not going to be any wedges put between us two, we’ve been friends for a very long time. David understands fully the situation. David knows what we have in mind and unfortunately we just have to accept that there’ll be some opinions on the subject and that people will try to drive wedges, but it’s wrong to do so. The situation is quite simply we have four very important games coming up in September and October. I haven’t seen the players since we left Brazil three months ago. It’s so important for me to have them around me now, the ones who are going to be important in September and October. Even if they can’t play a full part in the game or might not play any part, I want them there for these two or three days because we are a team.”

Moyes has been quick to reiterate Hodgson’s claims and whilst Ferguson was often criticised, fairly or otherwise, it appears as though the new manager is happy not to make this a club versus country issue.

“I am pleased that I had a long conversation with Roy last week about it, told him Wayne’s situation,” he said yesterday. “Wayne has had a shoulder injury which has meant he has not been able to have any contact and he has been sore with it, so he hasn’t trained with us. He has trained a little bit with the reserves as a non-contact player, but at least he got a little bit of football work. He trained with the first team today and he did a bit of extra work, so he is probably more likely to be ready for England than he will be for us. He is going to play for England and he has had no football practise. Roy knows, and I would only expect Roy to play him for a short time as well.”

If Rooney does play for England then you presume he will be available for our first game of the season away to Swansea. Expect the story to fill plenty more column inches when Rooney, who isn’t match fit, is left on the bench next Saturday.

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  1. mara says:

    Club from my city. I dont understand why we dont have interest for those young players…Dinamo has one of the best youth academy s in europe.

  2. Tobbs says:

    Wa$$a OUT!

  3. Hans says:

    If Roy fucking Hodgson was so concerned about the fat bastard being tapped up by cashley, he had perfect reason not to call him up at all for this meaningless match.

    Is he taking us for fools?

  4. Kings says:

    Hope he plays for Ingerlund and has his career finished. Fucking cunt.

  5. Imran says:

    If you leave united It’l be downhill. Don’t know if rooney realises that. He’l be a big loss if he goes to chelsea. But the more important aspect will be how he’l cope over there. He certainly is one of the mvps of the league, chelsea already have a good team and a experienced manager. You’d imagine that considering rooney is a headless chicken he’l do whatever its asked of him till he’s given the money he and his agent want.

  6. Costas says:

    I just hope we cut the silly excuses. If Rooney plays next Wednesday, then by all accounts he should be in the squad for Swansea. If not, then come out and say his head isn’t in it. Don’t cover for him with another bullshit injury explanation.

  7. Imran says:

    everyone knows his head isn’t in it, but the problem is noone outside England wants him at the moment. We can’t risk selling him to chelsea unless Theres a replacement lined up. So its probably a ploy to keep his value up.

  8. says:

    If Wazza goes he will be a massive loss, but if he wants out don’t sell him to chelski and let him rot in the reserves… He should just come out and say if he wants to go?!? Acting like a child getting paid $$$!! Anyway need a big win today boyz, lets kick start our new era with a big win! Forever red!

  9. Costas says:


    That’s the real story more or less. But the injury excuses are only going to work for so long. There’s a good possibility that Rooney will remain at the club (seeing as no foreign team is even interested in him), How will that work out? Will they keep coming up with “injuries” for him for the entire season?

  10. belfastred says:

    We should do wat the scum are doing with squarez. keep him at all costs. its not like we need chelskis money. The ball is in our court. Get him shippd nxt season. Its moyes first season in charge and its guna be tough. last thing we need is chelski getting a 20goal plus player from us while we are in transition.

  11. Pete Borota says:

    The bit that is a little stupid is Roy talking about Cole and the other CFCvplayers tapping up Rooney. Unless I live in a parallel universe I’m sure there currently exists something called the mobile phone??

  12. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    if Rooney steps on that pitch against Scotland then I will assume that he is fit enough to be in the team for Swansea. He’s trying to escape fan wrath before he leaves. We CAN’T allow that to happen. We must make him pay for his selfish behaviour and display him before the fans and embarrass him. You can’t behave like this and expect everyone to just forget it and love you. That is unrealistic.

  13. Rukky says:

    If maureen gets roo, it would be of a worse effect than we geting rvp last season. Unless we are selling abroad, i say keep him in or out of the team but dont sell to chelski. My problem with keeping roo is that there is a 80% chance of him asking 4 a transfer again

  14. Jordan Moore says:

    What good is it to us if we keep a wantaway striker who isn’t 100% committed to the cause? Surely his attitude and performance rates would drop after being stung by us keeping him hostage? I want him out. No one is bigger than Manchester United.

  15. Jay says:


  16. Jay says:

    They cannot sell Rooney to Chelsea as he will surely do well, he will be with his pals and want to impress plus he will also be out to show Manchester United what they are missing if he moved. I’ve always thought he seemed to get on better with the Chelsea and Manchester City players than our own players. I would rather we sold him abroad for £25million or swap him for Benzema as long as Chelsea don’t get him.

  17. soccerisfootbal says:

    i think the whole rooney to chelsea talk is rubbish, i don’t think it’s as serious as the press is making it out to be and these injuries are allowing people’s imaginations to run wild. there’s no way we will sell rooney now, not without a replacement, and I can’t see rooney trying to force through a move. there’ve been talks of him putting in a transfer request for a while now but it just hasn’t materialized. but the story sells papers so we wont see things slow down until the window slams shut.


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