The England way ahead of an international championship is to head there with a talisman compromised. With the nation praying for the rapid healing of a groin strain or snapped metatarsal, off they go with their main man not fully fit for the fight.
It happened with Kevin Keegan and Trevor Brooking at the 1982 World Cup, with Bryan Robson at '86 and '90, with David Beckham in 2002, with Wayne Rooney in 2006. All were prevented by ill-timed injury from giving their all to the team.
And every time, their indisposition provided handy excuse. If only Kev and Trev had been fit for more than tenRead More »from Of course Rooney must go