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Rio: Your country needs Roo
Rio Ferdinand believes England need Wayne Rooney to return to top form before they can start dreaming of winning the 2012 European Championship. Rooney has recovered from an ankle injury in time to face Montenegro at Wembley tonight, but has not scored since England’s victory in Switzerland last month and has only netted once for Manchester United this term. And, having watched England struggle with an out-of-sorts Rooney in the World Cup, Ferdinand knows how vital he is to qualifying for the Euro 2012 finals and succeeding in Poland and Ukraine. “If we are going to win anything, we need Wazza playing to his tip-top form,” said England captain Ferdinand. “I am sure we will see a good performance from him. He has been the same old Wazza around the training ground, which we all love. Wayne will have had a lot of advice from various different quarters. I’ve been in situations to know that, sometimes, you don’t want to be peppered by everybody.”
Matt Law, Daily Express.
The Sun claims Owen Hargreaves will call time on his football career if his latest attempt at a comeback fails. The United midfielder is on the verge of his first start for the club in two years after impressing Sir Alex Ferguson in training, and the Reds boss reportedly wants the 29 year-old to line up against Wolves in the Carling Cup on 26 October. However, the newspaper quotes 'a pal of Hargreaves' who said: "Owen has decided to give it one last big push but if this doesn't work that will probably be it.”
Meanwhile, Dimitar Berbatov’s superb form this season is apparently the result of a pre-season pep talk from Sir Alex. The boss is quoted in the Daily Telegraph: “I told him, look only you can solve this conundrum. You’re the one in control here.”