Originally Posted by Nige™
I wonder if the quality of the opposition we get in our group will make Capello question whether or not to take Rooney. There are some people already questioning whether we should take him, and considering he'll miss all the group games and maybe a 4th game if we appeal unsuccessfully, it does raise an issue as to whether he should go or not.
As it's Rooney, the head screams he should go but he will be taking up an extra place that may go unused and we may need an extra striker if one gets injured. It does send a bad message to the other squad players too that he's gone even though he's not available for the entire group campaign.
It's an interesting one and you can see the shitstorm either way. If he goes and we go out at the group stage, it'll be like "why did he take Rooney when he couldn't play?"
Argentina would still take Messi. Portugal would still take Ronaldo. Spain would still take Iniesta and Xavi. Hell, they even took a damaged Torres to the World Cup and he isn't even that important to them.
England has to take Rooney. But I do understand it's a risk.