Date:5th April 2011 at 11:00pm
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Rooney England

Should Wazza pull the plug on his International career?

The FA is out for Manchester United and for Wayne Rooney.

This is the view of basically every United fan at this current moment of time. So in the midst of all the controversy surrounding Wayne Rooney at the moment with the “sweargate” scandal I bring the question to you: “Should Rooney retire from international duty?”

For most avid ABU theorists it seems that the FA is out for Manchester United. With Wayne Rooney receiving a probable two match ban for swearing in the heat of the moment after scoring a superb hat-trick at Upton Park maybe it is time he re-thinks his stance with the English Football Association.

Most sections of the media today have come out and said that a ban for what he has done is a bit too harsh. Of course as a Manchester United fan I can do nothing but agree with this. The two match ban will see him miss a home game to Fulham and a Wembley appearance against Manchester City

From the way I see it, the ball is and always will be in Wayne Rooney’s court. He is a superb striker, one of the finest of his generation and there is no other English talent in his position that comes close.

He is of course an integral part of the England squad just as Alan Shearer was back in 1998 when he threatened the FA to drop the charge against him. Alan Shearer had threatened to withdraw himself from the England squad for the World Cup if he was reprimanded for his alleged kicking of Neil Lennon in the head.

My thoughts are maybe Wayne Rooney should do the same. In this situation the charges against him were dropped and he did go to the World Cup in 1998.

There have been many examples of Rooney being unfairly treated by the FA. They seem to forget that he is England’s most prized possession. He is our big hope of actually winning something because to be honest I can’t really imagine Andy Carroll leading the England senior team to glory in any tournament (perhaps not even in the Under 21’s tournament this summer).

One of the other big injustices of recent times against Wayne Rooney apart from the “sweargate” scandal came back in the beginning of the 2006-07 season. Rooney was sent off in the opening game of the Amsterdam Tournament in a pre-season friendly against Porto. He was then effectively banned for four games since he was forced to miss United’s second game of the Amsterdam tournament and when he returned to Manchester United the FA decided to slap him with an additional three match domestic ban. Rooney came out a few months afterwards that it was this lack of match practise that contributed to his 10 game barren run in front of goal at the beginning of that season.

It seems there have been quite a few instances where Rooney has perhaps been made an example of. Personally I think he has been repeatedly picked on by the FA because his status as the biggest and maybe the most naturally talented English player of his generation. So here comes the sentence I never thought I’d be saying. Wayne Rooney should take a leaf out of Alan Shearer’s book and threaten to quit the English national side to punish the FA back. As much as I love the England national side, sing the national anthem with the players with pride and hope to see them win the World Cup at some point in my lifetime, Manchester United will always take precedence over them.

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