Poll Results: Rooney is not as good as other people think – readers explain why the England striker failed to score at World Cup 2010

15 per cent believe Capello should have played him as a lone striker...
England striker Wayne Rooney failed to find the back of the net at the 2010 World Cup, as the Three Lions went crashing into oblivion against a rampant German side who eliminated them in the first knockout round of the competition.

The Manchester United striker played in 342 of England's 360 World Cup minutes, and despite featuring against the likes of Algeria and Slovenia, the man who managed to score 26 Premier League goals last season, failed to trouble the scoresheet.

The closest he came to breaking his duck was against the eastern Europeans, when, having been played into the penalty area, he cannoned a shot against the post, summing up his stint in South Africa, the unripe cherry on top of his stale cake.

In view of this, Goal.com UK asked YOU to voice your opinion as to why the man crowned as England's talisman failed to score during the tournament.

And 22.26 per cent of readers reckon that Rooney failed to live up to the hype, believing that the striker may not be as good as he is made out to be.

A further 15 per cent of voters insist that manager Fabio Capello got his tactics wrong, saying that Rooney would have been better utilised if he were played as a lone man up front.

However, 13.57 per cent believe that a striker can only be as good as the supply he gets from his team-mates, pointing out that the current United squad has more potency when compared to the national team.

12.62 per cent are still holding on to the injury sustained against Bayern Munich in the Champions League as the cause behind the hitman not opening his account at the World Cup, suggesting that the forward is yet to completely recover.

However, 12.5 per cent opine that Capello failed where Sir Alex Ferguson has excelled, as is evident while watching the temperamental young forward who had just signed at Old Trafford in 2004 and the Rooney that we see today. Man-management is the root cause behind the lack of goals, say those who voted likewise.

Meanwhile, 13.33 per cent claim that some of the above reasons contributed to the kind of showing that few would have envisioned, while 8.1 per cent say that a small part of everything listed above was responsible for his lacklustre showing.

A small proportion of readers, 2.62 per cent to be precise, believe that matters are more complicated than the way it appears, and believe that something else must have played a part in the forward not being able to find his scoring boots in South Africa.

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