IF ever you want to make a statement: make it loud and make it proud. Wayne Rooney has done just that.
Gareth Southgate was watching. Is he listening?
Rooney is anything but a spent force. A record goal scorer for Manchester United and England, there is still plenty left in the tank.
Two goals in two games since his return to his old stamping ground is proof enough.
He’s only 31 for heaven’s sake. Southgate take note. He’s still our leader.
And can you tell us exactly why Rooney was overlooked for those England internationals against Spain and Scotland in June.
Southgate is due to name a squad on Thursday for the World Cup qualifiers in Malta on September 1, and home to Slovakia three days later.
Rooney has to be involved. For his experience, if nothing else. It’s a no-brainer. Wake up and smell the coffee Gareth!
Well done Wayne on joining the Premier League’s 200-club – alongside the great Alan Shearer. More to come, for sure.
Newcastle legend and now TV pundit was keen to pay tribute to a fellow sporting legend.
As quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41007529 – Super Al said: “Congratulations Wayne on reaching 200 Premier League goals, a great achievement. Where have you been? The 200 club has been a lonely place without you. Well done, I am sure you have a few more goals in you.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman added: “He is still the player that every manager needs in his team. He is back home. He is that teacher for younger players. We would like to win titles and he knows how to win titles. He has that cleverness to know the best decision on the pitch.
“Players over 30 need regular game time. He had a good pre-season – trained and played a lot. He is in the physical state he needs to give these performances.”
There was a nice touch from Rooney’s former club Manchester United when they commented on social media: “Congratulations to Wayne Rooney on reaching 200 Premier League goals. A true legend!”