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Rooney's form continues to set tongues wagging across the globe. The Times quotes six coaches who will be at this summer's World Cup, and all of them eulogise (Roologise?) over United's number 10. "He is an individual who makes his team into winners," says Slovenia's Matjaz Kek, while Germany coach Joachim Löw adds: "Nobody can stop him at the moment."
England coach Fabio Capello has also been discussing the striker, saying: "Ferguson has taught him so much, I've only had to polish him. I have told him he must play inside the box and continue to score." Michael Owen's hopes of going to South Africa appear remote, however, after Capello admitted: "He is one of the best English goalscorers of all-time but if he doesn't play, I cannot pick him."
The Daily Mail speculates that Rio Ferdinand will be selectively used for United and England in a bid to stave off his longstanding back injury and prolong his playing career. The defender suffered a recurrence of the injury on Tuesday, and will now miss the Carling Cup final and England's friendly against Egypt - the game when Ferdinand was scheduled to make his bow as the Three Lions' new permanent captain.
In transfer news, The Mail claims United may lose out to Arsenal in the race for a pair of talented teenagers. Alleged Reds target Ingolfur Sigurdsson, a 17-year-old Icelandic winger, impressed on trial with the