Rooney Under Fire From English Press

Wayne Rooney is being hammered in the English media by some of the pundits of the game for his two outings in the FIFA World Cup 2014, but, there are some people who are supporting him as well.

The Holland skipper Robin Van Persie defended his Manchester United teammate in an interview given to a TV Channel last night.

According to Van Persie whose own team is in a very good position in the World Cup, it’s unfair to call for Rooney’s head because his performances didn’t lack effort. He tried as hard as he could. Unfortunately, he couldn’t guide his team to victories, but, there was no lack of commitment there.

When asked about Rooney being criticized heavily in England, Van Persie said, “It’s sad really. Wayne did whatever he could, scored on one occasion and assisted once too. He was putting in 100% effort there and when a player does that, he shouldn’t be blamed.”

“We all know what Wayne can do. He has shown in the past that he is a world class player. He was one of the reasons why I switched to United and I consider myself absolutely privileged to have been able to play alongside him. He’s a fantastic footballer.”

Rooney might not have been at his best against Italy and Uruguay, but, one thing that even his critics would admit that his contribution was there in both the matches. He set up the goal against Italy and struck against Uruguay. So, he was there and thereabouts and thus, Van Persie is right in saying that he shouldn’t be blamed.

It’s true that Rooney’s performances could have been a lot better in the 10 World Cup matches that he has played till now, but, it doesn’t mean that he lacks ability or he is not committed enough.