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Alan Green: Would you bet everything on Wayne Rooney?

My wife popped her head around the door of the study: “How’s it going?”

“It’s ridiculous,” I replied, “England are hanging on for a draw after Rooney behaved like a prat and was sent off. He’ll be suspended for the start of the tournament now.”

“Maybe, Coleen has other plans for Wayne in the summer” – she was joking! Rooney had been England’s best player by a distance in the first half but you just know, you can never rely on his temperament.

The litany of misbehaviour is long and consistent. And, for goodness sake, he’ll be 26 this month: we’re not talking about a 16-year-old.

Look, he’s a fabulous player but the flaws that occasionally surface are undeniable and may prevent him being considered truly great whenever his career comes to an end.

When it’s really vital, how much would you happily wager on Mr Rooney? No, no, no, forget I said that, I never meant it in that way

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