The British media do love English players and especially, in my opinion, English players who play for Manchester United.
They raved about David Beckham for years and you still see regular features in the daily newspapers with him pictured prancing around in his underpants.
More recently Wayne Rooney has become the golden boy and, even though he consistently fails to shine in international tournaments, you’d still think the sun shines out of his backside.
Yesterday the great Rooney scored one of English football’s greatest ever goals. It was so good there is no point in holding a ‘goal of the season award’. We may as well present him the trophy now. As soon as we have finished building him a statue and erected it outside Upton Park next to the one of Bobby Moore that is.
Predictably, everyone compared it to David Beckham’s similar effort for United.
You’d have thought they were the only two players in the history of the game to score from such a distance.
Xabi Alonso’s two tremendous efforts are forgotten about, while no one mentioned Luis Suarez’s more recent effort either. No they don’t count as they didn’t do them in a United shirt.
There is no doubt that Rooney’s strike was superb. But to rate his strike as the goal of the season is pushing it a little. Suarez has scored two or three goals that were better technically, came at a more important time and didn’t rely on a goalkeeper falling over.
If only he was English and played his football at Old Trafford the media would appreciate his genius for what it is.