Posts tagged: Wayne Rooney

A Worker is Worthy of His Wages*

How on earth can it be right for someone to earn £10 million a year for kicking a ball around? When the rest of country is facing £81 billion in government spending cutbacks and millions are fearful for the jobs?

That was the general tone of the media and public reaction to the Wayne Rooney will-he-won’t-he leave Manchester United story this week. I’ve completely ignored it here so as not to allow my considerable influence to affect the negotiations, but here is an observation now it’s over. Read more ›››

Shooting Parrots 2010 World Cup Awards

Lookalike Award Raymond Domenech and Paul O’Grady for the second World Cup in succession. Runners-up, Diego Maradonna and Saddam Hussein and Fabio Capello and Tommy Cooper.

Lost in Translation Award David Pleat for “For sure, Italy can say… au revoir,” commentating on the Slovakia game. Read more ›››

What was I Saying?

Longest day? Longest night more like. England vs Croatia Euro 2004 and all we need is a draw to get into the quarter-finals. Croatia take the lead with a soft goal (usual poor marking at a set-piece) and then in the last five minutes, a super header from Paul Scholes and then an unbelievable goal by the much hyped Wayne Rooney.

I’m writing this at the said break in play. Mrs Parrot sticks by her 3-1 prediction. Me, I’m mopping sweat from my brow. 45 minutes to go, and I’m hoarse already. Read more ›››

Tunnel of Shove

It seems that FIFA can’t leave well enough alone. Despite Pierluigi Collina having dealt sensibly and effectively with the trouble at half-time in the England v. Turkey game, they still want to study the film of the incident. Read more ›››