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Wayne Rooney Asks For Winter Break As He Searches For Form

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney wipes his head during their English Premier League soccer match against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, northern England, September 26, 2010.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) NO ONLINE/INTERNET USAGE WITHOUT A LICENCE FROM THE FOOTBALL DATA CO LTD. FOR LICENCE ENQUIRIES PLEASE TELEPHONE ++44 (0)
Wayne Rooney will continue his bid to find form when he lines up for England against Montenegro Tuesday. In normal circumstances I have no doubt that Rooney would have pulled out of Fabio Capello’s squad for the game at Wembley, after missing the last few United games through injury, But with Sir Alex Ferguson desperate for his star striker to return to his best, Rooney has been encouraged to play himself in to form with his country.

Rooney’s fall from grace has been dramatic. Earlier on in the year Rooney was in the form of his life. He was scoring goals for fun and looked like he could be the man to inspire England to glory at the World Cup.

But ever since Rooney picked up an injury during United’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich he has struggled for form and fitness. During his disappointing World Cup, Rooney looked to be still hampered by his ankle injury, with his fearless energy desperately missing.

Rooney himself refused to blame his injury although he does admit his generally fitness wasn’t up to standard. He admits a winter break in the English game would have be of great benefit in future. He said: “A winter break would not only help the England team but the Premier League as well.

“Towards the end of the season the intensity in some of the games which is normally there is missing. It’s a long season with the intensity that the games are played at. It is only fair on the players that there is a break. It’s great, especially as a forward when the game is end to end and the game opens up. But it’s only in England where you see that game that quick.”

Rooney is quite right to suggest a winter break would benefit the English game and subsequent chance of success for the England side. Nearly all the other leagues in Europe have at least some form of a mid season break, and England are defiantly at a disadvantage as a result.

The unfortunate fact however is that a winter break would be very difficult to work in the English game. Unlike most European leagues, we have two cup competitions. This coupled with the need for the Boxing Day, New Years Day, and early January FA Cup football means that the winter break would be difficult to schedule.

So Rooney shouldn’t expect to get his wish in the near future, and for the time been should concentrate on playing his way in to form for club and country. Given time and games I have no doubt that he will be able to overcome a disappointing few months both on and off the field.

The old saying goes that form is temporary and class is permanent. Rooney has shown his class to us all time and time again, and while this is a bad spell for him at the moment, he is guaranteed to show his class to us again.

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  1. redskin

    October 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    we had all this winter break stuff a short time ago.
    why will people not understand, if we had a break,there would be no break. they would all piss off around the world to play games.
    some sodding break.
    did a winter break help Italy to win the world cup, or germany or france or portugal or holland or brazil or argentina.
    do you really think two weeks on the other side of the planet is going to help Rooney, if you do you are living in a dream world.

  2. muley555

    October 11, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Agreed that a winter break would not be over Christmas since the Boxing Day and New Years games are so popular with fans (both in England and for TV coverage). Here are my thoughts on how it could work:

    Boxing Day (normal Boxing Day schedule) – eg: Dec 26th
    Last weekend/midweek of December (normal Premier League round) – eg: Dec 29th
    First weekend/midweek of January (normal Premier League round) – eg: Jan 3rd
    Second weekend of January (FA Cup 3rd Rd) – eg: Jan 8th
    Third Weekend of January (Winter Break) – eg: Jan 15th
    Fourth weekend of January (FA Cup 4th Round) – eg: Jan 22nd
    Midweek following (Premier League returns) – eg: Jan 25th

    Here are some of the advantages of this schedule:
    – Players all get at least 2 weeks off
    – Players rested for FA Cup 3rd Rd get 2.5 weeks off
    – Players rested from FA Cup 3rd Rd and 4th (or knocked out) get 4 weeks off
    – Break also lines up every two years with African Cup of Nations so top clubs not impacted as badly (although those players would not get a break)
    – Break lines up with Asian Cup every 4 years
    – Would give a focus for the FA Cup in January (also note that this timing would require FA Cup replays go away which I fully support also)
    – Ensures all us fans can still get quality couch action from Boxing Day through New Years watching the Premier League

  3. FlapperJack

    October 10, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Lazy fat c*nt. Get a teaching job if you want a break over Winter!

  4. Tony

    October 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Why does everyone assume a winter break would be over Christmas. Theyh could have it late Jan or in Feb.

    Did anyone see Lineker’s “can England win the next world cup”. It was a great show and talked about how Spain and Germany ripped apart their domestic games. I think the league cup should be dumped for Premier leaGue teams. Harry Redknapp was concerned that teams would simply play exhibition games for large amounts of money during a winter break.

  5. Stacy Richardson

    October 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    “Nearly all the other leagues in Europe have at least some form of a mid season break, and England are defiantly at a disadvantage as a result.”

    Oh, I can’t say they’re defiant about it . . .

    • Sir Guy

      October 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

      I generally don’t like “corrections”, but that’s funny. 🙂

  6. UpTheBlues

    October 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    You can’t deny Wayne’s scoring record off the pitch. . . a winter break would help him continue his good form. . .

  7. Adam

    October 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Wazza FTW

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