Eurosport - Mon, 01 Mar 09:00:00 2010
There is a mix of Rooney-worshipping and ref-bashing headlines in the morning's papers following yesterday's Carling Cup final.
The Daily Star's headline sums it all up nicely: 'Roo Lucky Devils: Villa fury at Vidic nasty' it cries, while The Sun positively screeches 'Bottler!' O'Neill rages at ref Dowd'.
Inside The Sun turns to the boy Rooney: 'It's the Wayney Season: Rooney's raining goals' it proclaims, although disappointingly missing a Photoshop opportunity by sticking a straightforward pic of the player holding aloft the trophy.
The Mirror focuses on the fact that Rooney - contrary to BBC claims during the match that he had a touch of the 'flu - revealed after the match that he was on the bench due to a sore knee.
Under the headline 'Roo Knee', of course, it claims that the striker will miss England's friendly with Egypt next week as a result.
With another Vidic nasty gag thrown in, opening goalscorer Owen is also highlighted: 'You can always rely on Michael... he shoots, he scores... then goes off injured.' Quite.
In the Daily Mail Martin Samuel condemns the Vidic decision. 'We've no right to a free hit on the house' he declares, insisting that the penalty award should not impinge upon the official's judgment as to whether a player should be red-carded.
"Ryan isn't that sort of player... there was no malicious intent. We've seen far worse challenges go unpunished. Before long Ryan might be on the end of one himself."
Samuel's headline asks: 'How can so many broken legs be down to chance?'
Less research on the matter was done by the Star's Brian Woolnough, who hopes that we 'Give cryin' Ryan a break' - presumably the pun was not intended.
The Mirror tips Ramsey for a full return, carrying quotes from the surgeon who saved Eduardo's career, while reporting that on-loan Arsenal whiz-kid Jack Wilshere will stay at Bolton until the summer despite the injury.
In transfer gossip Liverpool have handed a £300,000 contract to a 15-year-old England youth international, £200,000 of it in signing-on fees. QPR will pick up at least £500,000 for the deal for their former playmaking wunderkind Raheem Sterling.
Birmingham are looking at Rangers striker Kris Boyd, according to the Mail, and will have him watched against the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans is now interesting Arsenal - he is rated at £6 million - while Burnley manager Brian Laws is eyeing a move for Cameroon winger Salomon Olembe, a free agent after leaving Turkish team Kayserispor.
And what better subject to finish on than John Terry, with a dose of Craig Bellamy thrown in? The deposed England captain is furious after Bell' slammed him in the aftermath of Manchester City's stunning victory at Chelsea.
"People in glass houses should not throw stones," he responded to the forward's contention that "everybody in football knows what the guy is like. But that is off the field".
And just to stick the boot in, Mick Dennis in the Daily Express is of the opinion that Terry is now nothing more than an also-ran.