In­spired Rooney con­founds his ‘obituary’ writ­ers again

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LON­DON:

An an­gry Wayne Rooney was adamant last week­end that his crit­ics in the me­dia were try­ing to write his sport­ing obituary. On Thurs­day, he picked the mo­ment to demon­strate that reports of his foot­balling demise had been greatly ex­ag­ger­ated. With one bravura goal and an­other mag­i­cal ‘no-look’ as­sist in the cru­cial 4-0 Europa League vic­tory over Feyeno­ord at Old Traf­ford, Eng­land’s one-man foot­balling soap opera took a fresh twist af­ter the most tur­bu­lent of weeks even by the 31-year-old’s dra­matic stan­dards. A week ear­lier, Rooney had apol­o­gized for pub­lished pic­tures that had sup­pos­edly been taken of him while so­cial­iz­ing among a late-night wed­ding party while he was on in­ter­na­tional duty as Eng­land captain.

Just a few days later fol­low­ing United’s game against Ar­se­nal, though, he had sounded rather less apolo­getic as he launched a spir­ited self-de­fense and at­tacked the “dis­grace­ful” treat­ment he had en­dured. “It feels as if the me­dia are try­ing to write my obituary and I won’t let that hap­pen,” Rooney had said in a most un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally an­gry ri­poste. “I have not fin­ished yet.” It was a coura­geous re­sponse, es­pe­cially amid wide­spread spec­u­la­tion about a ca­reer that has ap­peared to be fad­ing fast but, typ­i­cally, Rooney’s ap­petite for a good fight was ev­i­dent again as he chose a cru­cial night at Old Traf­ford to pro­duce a land­mark per­for­mance. — Reuters

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