Pundit explains his ‘nagging doubt’ about Man United star
Stan Collymore discusses Wayne Rooney's impact for both Manchester United and England in recent years
Stan Collymore has praised Wayne Rooney for his achievements for Manchester United but says he will always have a nagging doubt about the striker because of his failure to perform consistently for England.
Rooney has been in the headlines in recent days after becoming Manchester United’s all-time top goalscorer by netting his 250th goal for the club in the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with Stoke at the weekend.
The striker is widely regarded to be one of England’s most talented players and has been a key figure for Manchester United over the last decade.
However, former Liverpool star Collymore says that he still feels Rooney has come up short when asked to perform on the big stage for his country.
Writing in his column for The Daily Mirror, Collymore said: “He is without doubt a dying breed who stayed at one big club for a long time and at times carried it on his shoulders.
“That is a hugely difficult thing to do.
“If you take out the big two, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he has had as good a career as anybody in the world over the last decade.
“But for me my glass is only 90 per cent full when it comes to Rooney.
“He has ticked so many boxes but that little nagging doubt, for me as a massive England fan is him not playing well for England when it mattered in the biggest of games.
“It is a little disappointment that we couldn’t see him at his best for England in terms of winning trophies or getting to finals and semi-finals.”
Rooney will be expecting to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils take on Hull City in the return leg of their EFL Cup semi-final clash on Thursday night.