WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

16/10/2008 07:55

Papers: Praise for Rooney

Perfect England, peerless Rooney


Fabio Capello hailed a magical performance from Wayne Rooney last night after the Manchester United striker inspired a 3-1 win over Belarus that established a record for England’s best start to a World Cup qualifying campaign. Rooney won the ball for Steven Gerrard to open the scoring with a 30-yard strike in the first half before finishing off enterprising opponents with a second-half brace that took his tally to five goals in his past three international matches. “Rooney is a very important player for us and is playing very well,” Capello said. “He is having a magic time at the moment."
Matt Hughes, The Times

Steven Gerrard also waxed lyrical about United's frontman. "When Wayne's in that form he's up there with the best in the world," said Gerrard. "The understanding and awareness he has is exceptional. It's great to play with him."

Having won four out of four World Cup qualifying matches, Rooney believes England can go on to record ten straight victories en route to South Africa in 2010.

A number of the English newspapers run with quotes from Carlos Tevez saying that he is "not as dangerous [or] as effective in the penalty area anymore. That is something I have lost, and I have to get that back. I used to score better goals, great goals."

And finally, try not to laugh but Brazilian striker Jo says City will win the league. "We will look at a Champions League place then go on from there. We will win the Premier League but this season might be a little bit early."

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