England national team personalities have a knack for going to extremes on its players. They either celebrate a player as if he’s the best in the world, or lament his struggles as if they were starting a child at a critical position.
And so it goes that Paul Scholes has warned that the country cannot count on its best player due to a previous lack of production for the Three Lions.
Here’s what the Manchester United and England legend told Goal.com regarding Wayne Rooney, the country’s fifth all-time leading goal scorer.
“England can’t rely on Rooney,” Scholes told Goal. “He has never been able to replicate his club form consistently at the international level.”
And while Rooney’s yet to score in a World Cup, he’s been perhaps the main reason England has progressed into the last two tournaments. Rooney scored nine goals in qualification for the 2010 tournament, and seven more in 2014 qualification.
I’m not saying Rooney’s efforts have been beyond reproach, but many advanced statisticians would argue that England has actually over-performed on the international stage. Add in unnecessary criticisms of your best player from a former teammate and legend? Yikes. Set it to self-destruct, lads.