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'Rooney still our best player'

Former England midfielder Robert Lee believes Wayne Rooney is still the country's best player and the team should be built around him.

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HarryBoulton says...

@ajsr1982, just because of that comment I thought I'd do a little research, so sure of yourself do you sound. Almost as though it's an insult that an ex-player could say something so utterly baseless and laughable. So, here goes. Since 2006, Wayne Rooney has played 64 games for his country, and scored 28 times, nearly three times as many as the nearest to him. Of these 64 games, 33 were competitive matches and during these he has scored 22 goals. He's also been credited with 16 assists. Statistically speaking, he's done more than any other player by a country mile. In fact, in competitive games since 2006, he averages 2 goals every 3 games, which puts him absolutely head and shoulders above any England player during my life time, including Owen or Shearer. So perhaps it's time we revised our opinion of him, no? Because if you factor these stats, and consider also that he's been nursing broken bones going into 2 of his last 4 tournaments, a suspension in the other, and didn't even qualify for 2008, his contribution to the cause is, for me, beyond question.

Posted 2:24pm 13th June 2014

ajsr1982 (Liverpool) says...

After this interview, Rob Lee should never be allowed on the TV again. Ever. It's almost as if he never watched England between 2006 and 2012.

Posted 1:34pm 13th June 2014

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