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03-23-2013, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by BritSabre View Post
As good as Rooney is, I'm a bit disappointed he hasn't really got to the "elite" level that he can carry a team win a game single handedly.

I will say his fitness is underrated. He is a naturally stocky build and was fairly out of shape as a young player. Today however his work rate is fantastic and rarely stops in a game, tracking back and defending as good as any forward in the league.

He has turned out as a very well rounded player, maybe that has attributed the reduction of magic game changing contributions.
Rooney's work rate is very patchy though, some games he looks like the best pressing forward in the world, and then you've got a lot of games like the England-Italy matchup at the euros where Rooney halfassedly fell back onto Pirlo leaving the italian maestro complete freedom until Welbeck was given the role of Pirlo watcher.

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